AT Golder’s Green, on November 19th, 1912, there passed away, at the great age of ninety-six, that well-known naturalist, breeder, exhibitor, judge, author and journalist, William Bernhard Tegetmeier, Born at the small village of Colnbrook in Buckinghamshire, on November 4th, 1816, a son of a surgeon in the Navy, Tegetmeier originally intended following his father’s profession; and with this object in view passed the necessary examinations in medicine and surgery at University College, London ; indeed, for a time, he became a practising surgeon, but the call of Nature became too strong for him, with the result that he threw himself whole-heartedly into the work of a naturalist and journalist. By so doing he proved, during the rest of his long life, of the greatest service to all breeders of poultry and pigeons and exhibition-stock generally, and to such his name will go down to future generations as one of the few men to whom the huge industry of breeding poultry and pigeons for exhibition and utility purposes owes its origin. Pigeons always held chief place in Tegetmeier’s heart, his two favourite groups being dragoons and racinghomers, varieties which, in no small measure, owe the high position they hold to-day to his early efforts on their behalf, and in connexion with the last-named, he made the acquaintance of the best fanciers in the home of the Pigeon Voyageur–Belgium–and was the first to inaugurate ” pigeon races” from Brussels to London. Turning to Tegetmeier’s literary work, foremost comes his book, published
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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.