ONE of the most interesting personages connected with the ornithological world of the latter part of the nineteenth century, has passed away. To most of the younger school Keulemans, who died on March 29th 1912, at the age of sixtynine years, was known only by name, and few realized the individuality of the unassuming artist, or recognised that for thirty years he was the unrivalled and unequalled draughtsman of ornithological subjects. From 1870 to 1900 scarcely any ornithological work of importance was complete without ” illustrations by Keulemans,” and his sureness of design, combined with his facility of expression, made his beautiful figures always a delight to refer to. Keulemans was a man of few words, and the following brief details of his life will probably be as novel to most as they were to the present writer. Born on June the 8th, 1842, at Rotterdam, of Dutch parents, he was early imbued with the love of natural history, and gifted with Art he entered Leiden Museum at the age of eighteen, and worked there for two years. The love of travel, which characterized his whole life, then led him to Africa on a collecting trip, and at one time he had a coffee plantation on the west coast, but fever forced him to return to Europe, where he again took up a position in the Leiden Museum. The work which made him world-famous, however, commenced in 1869, when he came to England to illustrate books for Bowdler Sharpe, and
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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.