IT is with great regret that we have to record the death of Mr. W, I. Beaumont of Plymouth, a keen field-naturalist and an enthusiastic supporter of our marking scheme, who was accidentally drowned on May 3rd, at Tarbert, Loch Fyne. We are indebted for particulars to Mr. Godfrey Heathcote, who writes as follows :– ” Mr. Beaumont, as you know, had entered with enthusiasm into your Bird-marking Scheme, and spent a great part of the summers of 1910 and 1911 cruising among the small islands off the west coast of Scotland for the purpose of ” ringing ” young gulls and terns. With the intention of carrying on this work during the present summer, he went to Tarbert on the 25th April to superintend the fitting out of his yacht, and had almost completed his arrangements when the fatal accident occurred. It is thought that he must have been attacked with faintness, and fallen from the yacht’s dinghy while in the act of laying out a kedge, for no sound was heard either by those on board the yachts and launches lying near, or by those on shore. He was a skilful and experienced yachtsman, and, with his six-ton single-handed cruising yawl ‘ Hawk-Moth,’ was well known on the west coast from Loch Fyne to Skye. He had been a member of the Royal Cruising Club since last July. He was also a member of the Alpine Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical and Zoological Societies,
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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.