deep regret we have to record the death of our esteemed friend Henry John Pearson, which took place at Assiut, Egypt, on February 8th. His remains were buried in the English Cemetery at Cairo on February 9th, 1913. Henry Pearson was born at Chilwell in the county of Nottingham on August 29th, 1850, the eldest son of Mr. J. R. Pearson and Elizabeth his wife. From an early age he took an interest in natural history and this inclination, especially towards birds, began, as is so often the case, in a boy’s collection of their eggs. Entering into business as quite a young man, his ability and energy were crowned with success, but many years elapsed before he could spare the time to indulge in extended absences from home, and expeditions to the Arctic Regions in pursuit of his beloved ornithological investigations. Still in his short summer holidays spent in Norway and elsewhere Ornithology was not forgotten, and additions were made to his collection of eggs. His first recorded trip was made in the summer of 1893, in company with his brother Charles and Mr. Edward Biofwell, an account of which is published in the Ibis for 1894 a s a ” Birds’ nesting excursion to the north of Norway.” Their notes on the birds observed are interesting, and the result of the expedition was the acquisition of eggs of forty-seven species, taken by themselves. In 1894 with his brother Charles Pearson he visited the southern Fiskevotn district of Iceland.
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British Birds – how it works
BB 2000 Ltd, the company that owns and publishes British Birds, is run by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers. The company employs two full time staff – Roger Riddington is the journal’s editor while Hazel Jenner manages subscriptions and administration – and three part-time design/editorial staff.
The company is wholly owned by The British Birds Charitable Trust (BBCT, registered charity no. 1089422). Neither the company directors nor the trustees are paid for their services, providing their time and enthusiasm because they passionately believe in the value of BB. The Company is managed with a view to making a small profit which can be donated to the Trust to help fund its charitable work.
Over the past six years, this, combined with donations from other sources, has enabled the Trust to give almost £70,000 support to a variety of conservation and educational projects ranging from rat eradication on seabird islands to the study of cuckoo migration, as well as assisting young birders develop their interest.
A full list of projects is given here. The Trust is seeking to expand its charitable endeavours and would welcome donations from like-minded organisations and individuals.