T H E L A T E CECIL M. DYER. who was killed in action in Flanders on April 8th, was born at Oxford on January 17th, 1894, and educated at Clifton and at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he had just completed his second year of residence when war broke out. He at once volunteered for the Special Reserve, got a commission in the Rifle Brigade, and went out to France with the 4th Battalion in December. He went through much hard fighting, especially at St. Eloi about the middle of March. He was shot through the head while on duty in the trenches. Mr. Dyer began to take an interest in birds while still a boy, and pursued his observations actively at Clifton. When he went up to Cambridge, where he was working for the Natural Science Tripos, he soon got into touch with other naturalists there, and helped to organize a scheme for recording the nesting-habits of the birds of that part of Cambridgeshire. Mr. A. H. Evans, under whose guidance the scheme was drawn up, describes Mr. Dyer as a very accurate observer, and there is little doubt that had his life been spared he would have made valuable contributions to ornithology. He was elected a member of the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1914. G. A. M.
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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.