Bobby Tulloch MBE (1929-1996) In his introduction to Bobby Tulloch’s Shetland (1988), the late Jo (Lord) Grimond tells the story of God discussing with St Michael die latter’s World tour of inspection, and saying to him ‘. . . when you are in Shetland do not forget to stop in Mid Yell and pay my regards to Mr Bobby Tulloch. I regard him as one of my successes.’ Like everyone who had the good fortune to do so, the Archangel would have found meeting Bobby on his home patch an unforgettable experience. Nearly 30 years have passed since it first happened to me, but the memories of our first full day in the field are still very fresh in my mind. With the simmer dim, we must have been out for about 20 hours non-stop, starting with Fetlar, going on to Hermaness and finishing up with a visit to a colony of Storm Petrels Hydrobates pelagicus. We visited the Snowy Owls Nyctea scandiaca, watched some Rednecked Phalaropes Phalaropus lobatus and saw countless seabirds, but it is not the birds that I recall most vividly from that magical day. Instead, I remember Bobby catching a Common Seal Phoca vitulina pup to show me, and ‘calling up’ a Common Porpoise Phocoena phocoena that came and swam with us alongside the boat. In between teaching me local bird names and much other Shetland lore besides, he told countless stories of people he’d met and places he’d been to. I have now forgotten why,
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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.