) THIS great ornithologist passed away on Christmas Day, 1909, at his home at Chiswick, after a brief illness. The news of his death must have come as a shoek to his many friends, who were unaware of his condition. Dr. Sharpe was present at the meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Club on the evening of the 16th of December. He thenseemed to be in his usual health and cheerful mood. Next day he took t o his bed, pneumonia and other complications supervened, and the end came early on the morning of the 25th. By his death the Zoological Department of the British Museum has lost a remarkable personality and a distinguished member of its staff, whose kindness of heart and genial nature had endeared him to all his colleagues. Those of us who knew him intimately have lost a dear friend and cheerful companion, whom we shall long miss from our midst. His exuberance of spirits and inexhaustible fund of humour, which found vent even a few hours before his death, have enlivened many an hour passed in his company, for even the most melancholy of his friends could not feel dull in the cheering presence of the late Head of the Bird Room. But to a wider circle of working ornithologists, both a t home and abroad, the death of Dr. Sharpe means the loss of a much respected and esteemed fellow-worker, who for well nigh forty years occupied a prominent position in their ranks, and who
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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.