THE LATE A. W. JOHNSON. W E regret to announce the unexpected death of Mr. A. W. Johnson, who died after a very brief illness at Bucklebury, Berkshire, on December 18th, 1912. He was born in 1850 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and inherited his love of Ornithology from his father, who was a keen student of birds and a skilful taxidermist. Mr. Johnson’s earlier years were spent in the North of England, on the borders of Northumberland and Durham, and here he studied birds and collected eggs up to the year 1892. In 1869 he visited the Orkney and Shetland Isles and a few years later explored Denmark and the North Frisian Islands, besides paying several visits to Ireland. Although he rarely published any of his notes, he frequently communicated interesting information to his friends, and corresponded regularly with the late Professor Newton, Mr. R. J. Ussher, the late Henry Seebohm, and Mr. H. E. Dresser, who incorporated many of his observations in their well-known works. In 1892 Mr. Johnson retired from business and went to Upper Lake, California. Here he remained for twelve years, and continued to collect. In 1904 he returned to England for the purpose of educating his children. It was always a pleasure to him to show his large collection of over 16,000 eggs to an appreciative visitor, and his kindly disposition and generous hospitality will long be remembered by his many friends. F C. R. JOURDAIN.
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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.