STEELE ELLIOTT was born at Bedford on May 25th, 1871 and died during a visit to his brother at Kerry, Montgomeryshire on March 27th, 1942. He was educated at Bedford Modern Grammar School and in 1896 went to the midlands with his brother William Elliott to take over the foundry business of Robbins & Co., at Dudley. He lived for some time at Clent arid it was here, where I occasionally spent week-ends with him, that we first became acquainted. Swifts nested in the house and we had excellent opportunities of studying their evening flights about which, as well as the incubation and fiedging periods, Elliott wrote accounts in the Zoologist (1900In 1902 he purchased the delightful Elizabethan, timber-framed Manor House of Dowles in Wyre Forest, and lived there until his death. He gradually bought other lands and woods and eventually getting control of all the Dowles Valley around the house, formed a little bird sanctuary, where even so called ” vermin” were protected. In 1897 he began to publish in parts for private circulation The Vertebrate Fauna of Bedfordshire, but owing to difnculties connected with his leaving the county he discontinued this work after completing his account of the birds in Part V published in June, 1901. He never lost interest in the county however, and besides making a collection of local birds for the Museum of his old school, he wrote the ” Aves ” section in the Victoria County History of Bedfordshire (1902) and published occasional
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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 £40,000 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.