FEW men have during a long lifetime pursued the study of our home birds with more devoted zeal than the veteran Irish ornithologist Robert Warren, who passed away at his co. Cork residence, Ardnaree, Monkstown, on the 26th of November last, at the age of eighty-six. Born at Cork on the 22nd of March, 1829, he spent the earlier years of his life chiefly at the family home, Castle Warren, co. Cork, where the tastes that afterwards distinguished him quickly developed. Exploring the haunts of sea-birds along the southern coast and on the neighbouring islands, he and his younger brother Edward soon acquired a knowledge that rendered their help valuable to William Thompson, who was then collecting material for his work on the Natural History of Ireland. A conversation with Thompson on the subject of Gulls took place during a visit to the Belfast Museum about the year 1846, and led to more special attention being paid by the brothers to these birds. This attention was rewarded early in 1849, when an Iceland Gull shot in Cork Harbour proved their first important prize. Prom 1847 to the end of 1851, Warren kept up an active correspondence with Thompson, many of whose letters to him are still preserved, and show high appreciation of the value of the younger naturalist’s notes. Much of the matter of Warren’s communications–up to the close of 1850—is embodied in the three volumes devoted to birds in Thompson’s work. Early in 1851 the Warrens left their Cork
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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.