ONE after another, zoologists, like all other mortals, drop out of the ranks, and enter into their rest. At this moment all who knew Thomas Southwell, of Norwich, are feeling the loss of a good friend. Born at King’s Lynn, June 15th, 1831–one of ten children–he spent nearly his whole life in his native county, dying at his home in Norwich, September 5th, 1909.A love of natural history developed in him very early, and as a boy all available time out of school was spent wandering about collecting eggs, etc. ; he possessed also a great taste for practical mechanics. In 1846 he entered the Lynn branch of Gurney’s (now Barclay’s) Bank, where his father was at the time chief cashier. I n 1851 he read his first paper before the ” Lynn Conversazione and Society of Arts,” choosing as his subject ” Carbon.” The following year he moved to the Fakenham branch of the bank. In 1853 began a correspondence between Southwell and Professor Alfred Newton, which developed into a friendship,* terminated only by the death of the latter fifty-four years later. I n the same year he was made a Life Fellow of the Royal Botanical Society of Edinburgh, and shortly afterwards he left the bank and joined his brother Charles, then managing partner in Castell and Brown, a firm of wholesale confectioners in London. His health, however, gave way, and he returned to Lynn in 1866, and in the following year he re-entered Gurney’s Bank at Norwich,
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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.