Vero Copner Wynne-Edwards DSc FRS CBE (1906-1997) In the death of Vero WynneEdwards (‘Wynne’) aged 90 on 5th January, we have lost a fine athlete, a versatile naturalist, a constructive Head of Department, and a controversial theoretician of international stature. The third son of die Rev. Canon J. R. WynneEdwards, born on 4th July 1906, he was reared in the Yorkshire Dales and educated at Leeds Grammar School, Rugby School and New College, Oxford, where he was awarded a First and became Senior Student. On asking him what part he played in the renaissance of British Ornithology taking place at Oxford at that time, I was told facetiously by Max Nicholson that he came on one of the censuses, disappeared into a field with Jeannie Morris, and failed to return any counts, and then by Wynne that he also had a copy of Max’s seminal work How Birds Livehe could make notes throughout. — — Wynne next moved to the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, where he surveyed the local Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris roosts while cycling to visit Jeannie in Exeter (at least 74 km each way), and they married when he moved on to Bristol. In his Starling report in British Birds (23: 138-153, 170-180; 24: 346-353), he was already speculating about the reasons for birds’ social behaviour. In 1930, he became Associate Professor at McGill University, Montreal. There, he made his name with a major review of the seabirds of the North Atlantic, based on his transects between Britain
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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.