Miss E. L. TURNER’S many friends will have learnt with deep sorrow of her death, which took place at her home in Cambridge on August 14th at the age of 74. Miss Turner, as is well known, was one of the pioneers of bird photography. Much of her work, for which she was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Photographic Society, was done in Norfolk, where she spent a part of each year, living in a houseboat on Hickling Broad. Cheerfully enduring exposure, hardship, and fatigue which would have daunted most of her sex in those days, and working with cameras and appliances which nowadays would be deemed wholly inadequate, she obtained results which at the time were unsurpassed, and even now compare not unfavourably with the work of the present day. One of her successes was photographing, in 1911, the first young Bitterns known to have been hatched in Norfolk since the return of this species to the county. Through bird photography she learnt to become a competent field ornithologist, and her books on birds–particularly Broadland Birds–are not only valuable records of accurate observation but are written with a characteristic literary charm. In 1923 she undertook the duties of watcher for the National Trust on Scolt Head Island. Here she lived for 18 months in the watcher’s hut and collected the material for her book Bird Watching on Scolt Head. She was one of the first women to be elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society and
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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.