THE unexpected death of Miller Christy, as he signed himself and was generally known, has deprived Essex of one of its most prominent figures, for the greater part of his varied writings had some relation to the county of his birth. Christy came from an old-established Essex Quaker family, settled near Chelmsford, where he was born in May, 1861. He died as the result of an operation on January 25th, 1928. He was never married. His interest in natural history and kindred subjects was of life-long duration, for during his school days at Bootham School, York, he is said to have collected ornithological and other specimens and to have written on them, and as a young man he spent about a year in Manitoba, increasing his knowledge of his favourite subjects. Although Christy could not be described as a specializing ornithologist, yet he turned to this subject with that natural aptitude which enabled him to deal with a diversity of subjects. At the age of nineteen we find him writing in the pages of the Transactions of the Essex Field Club, ” On the Occurrence of the Great Bustard and of the Rough-legged Buzzard, near Chelmsford, during the winter of 1879,” with an intimacy which suggests a strong grasp of the subject. In 1884 he contributed to the Norfolk’and Norwich Naturalists’ Society’s Transactions an article of some importance : ” Do the Blackbird and Thrush ever Interbreed ? ” He continued to write papers and notes relating to 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 £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.