WE regret to record the death of Lt.-Col. Boyd Robert Horsburgh, A.S.C., which occurred on July 11th, 1916. Prom his earliest childhood he had been devoted to Natural History in all its branches, but birds were his special hobby, and in the ornithological world he was well known as a successful aviculturist. His ponds at Tandridge Priory, Oxted, his charming home in Surrey, contained numbers of Ducks and Geese, including some of the rarer American species seldom kept in captivity in this country. He imported some fine collections from India and elsewhere, including Minivets, Sunbirds and other species which had not previously been seen alive in England. Besides contributing articles to the Avicultural Magazine, he published, in 1912, The Game Birds and Water-Fowl of South Africa, illustrated by Sergeant (now Lieutenant) C. G. Davies, 1st S. African Mounted Rifles, who also contributed a number of valuable field-notes. Col. Horsburgh was the elder son of the late Capt. C. B. Horsburgh, and was born at Poona on July 27th, 1871. Educated at Wellington and Sandhurst, he joined the Warwickshire Regiment in 1893, and served for two years in Ceylon, subsequently exchanging to the Army Service Corps. He saw active service during the Sierra Leone Rebellion, 1898-99, and in the South African War, 1899-1902, when he was invalided home, receiving the Queen’s and King’s medals with five clasps. In 1902 he married Miss Elizabeth R. Mitchell, daughter of Mr. Chapman Mitchell of Philadelphia, U.S.A., and in 1912 retired from the Army
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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.