T H E death of Dr. Harvie-Brown will cause a vacancy in the ranks of Scottish naturalists which it will be difficult, if not impossible to fill. Few Scotsmen knew their native land better than he, and none have ever before acquired such an extensive knowledge of its Vertebrate Fauna. John Alexander Harvie-Brown was born on August 27th, 1844. He was the only son of John HarvieBrown, of Quarter and Shirgarton, who assumed the name Brown by the will of John Brown of Quarter, and Elizabeth Spottiswoode, his wife, the daughter and heiress of Thomas Spottiswoode of Dunipace. He was educated at Merchiston Castle, and Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities. As a youth he was a good football and cricket player, but from his earliest days he was most remarkable for his enthusiasm in collecting birds and birds’ eggs, and he used to delight in telling how a light-house keeper had happily interpreted his initials as ” John Always Hunting Birds.” He never married and never followed a profession, but devoted his life to natural history and he was also fond of shooting and fishing. As a comparatively young man he made several ornithological visits to Norway, Russia, Finland and Transylvania, and perhaps his most important expedition was that to the lower reaches of the River Petchora with Henry Seebohm in the summer of 1875, when, amongst other achievements, the eggs of the Grey Plover and the Little Stint were discovered. He had a unique knowledge of the islands off the
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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.