Waiden on the deck the Shell BT gasplatform on the Leman at 02°12’E, 45 km On 19th June 1981, when aBank was53°06’N to landofonaboutShoulder.off Happisburgh, Norfolk, bird attempted his It then flew past him and clung to a wall on the rig. He caught the exhausted migrant at about 13.30 GMT, and sent it ashore on the next helicopter flight for release, as caring rig-workers often do. At 19.30 GMT, the helicopter arrived at Beccles Heliport in Suffolk, where I work. Mrs S. Irons rang me from the passenger terminal to say she had just been handed a swift which seemed unable to fly; knowing I was a birdwatcher, she asked if I could help. To my astonishment, the bird lying on her cardigan was indeed a swift, but with a startling white rump and all theupper body feathers pale-tipped, giving a very scaly appearance. My colleagues were somewhat startled when I reacted by running around closing all the windows. At first, I assumed that it was one of the two European white-rumped species–Little Swift Apus qffinis or White-rumped Swift A. caffer. This bird, however, had an obvious forked tail, so I discounted Little Swift. I phoned C. S. Waller, who promptly arrived, measured, photographed and took a description of the swift. At this point, identification as White-rumped Swift was also discounted because of the dimensions, but CSW had information only on European birds with him, so the bird’s identification remained a mystery. While we were measuring and examining
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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.