of Major Proctor’s ornithological friends were startled some months ago by the news t h a t he was in a critical condition and that it had been found necessary to amputate one of his legs, but even then few could have anticipated that on June 13th he would have passed away. Almost to the last he retained his keen interest in oology and bird-life, and nothing gave him greater pleasure than the receipt of a letter full of bird news or a talk with a brother ornithologist. Frederic William Proctor was the son of William Proctor, of Torquay. He was born in 1862, and from his earliest days was deeply interested in birds. On entering the Army he joined the 33rd (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment and spent seven years serving in India, where he made a collection of birds. Subsequently he was for a time attached to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and retired with the honorary rank of Major. In 1891 he married Hope Lake, step-daughter of Mr. W. H. Paling, of Sydney, New South Wales, and had four children, three sons and one daughter, of whom the two elder sons, Lieut. E. Proctor, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and Midshipman V. W. L. Proctor (H.M.S. Ajax), have already seen service for their country. He joined the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1893, and was also a frequent visitor to the British Ornithologists’ Club, where from time to time he exhibited some of the more interesting specimens
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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.