THE study of Ornithology and especially of the birds of Staffordshire has recently sustained a great loss by the death of Lieut. Francis Algernon Monckton, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, who was killed in action on November 8th. 1914. He was the eldest son of Mr. Francis Monckton, of Stretton Hall, Stafford, and was born on the 6th of May, 1890, and educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He obtained his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Scots Guards in February, 1912, becoming Lieutenant in the following year. Around his home at Stretton, which is situated in a beautiful rural district, he had a great opportunity of studying the local birds and especially the wildfowl which frequent the lake in Stretton Park, the River Penk which runs through the estate, and a large sheet of water known as Bellfield’s Reservoir. This part of the county of Stafford lies almost in a direct line with one of the great flight lines of our winter migrants coming in from the east coast to the south-west, and thus Staffordshire has obtained records a great number of them being supplied by Monckton, of most of the rarer wild Geese, Ducks, Waders, etc. Here from his boyhood Monckton made a study of local birds, and especially of their various stages of plumage. The writer had the pleasure on April 8th, 1911, of staying with him at Stretton and of visiting Bellfield’s Reservoir, on which occasion we observed many interesting birds. Since the year 1905
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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.