T H E present war finds m a n y of the younger students of British ornithology serving in some branch of His Majesty’s Forces, and it is only fitting t h a t t h e fullest t r i b u t e should be paid t o the memory of those who lay down their lives for their country and t h a t the fullest acknowledgment should be made of the value of their unfinished scientific labours. Ornithologists have cause t o mourn the loss of one most enthusiastic fellow worker in Lewis Neil Griffith Ramsay, M.A., B . S c , who, although only twenty-five years of age, had already much good work to his name. Mr. R a m s a y was born at Aberdeen on 3rd F e b r u a r y , 1890, the second son of Professor Sir William M. Ramsay. He was educated at Merchiston School, Edinburgh, and afterwards studied at Aberdeen University and later at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and at the Imperial College of Science. He graduated M.A. a t Aberdeen in 1910, a n d B.Sc. in 1913, and was about to submit a piece of research work for his Cambridge B.A. During 1914 he acted as Assistant to the Professor of Natural History at Aberdeen, and shortly before the outbreak of war he h a d been made a Beit Memorial Fellow and was about to t a k e u p work
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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.