G o l l a n c z , L o n d o n , 1982. 128 p a g e s ; profusely i l l u s t r a t e d in c o l o u r a n d black-and-white. £9.95. It was with great delight that I approached the act of reviewing this aptly titled book, although it was not many years ago that I looked upon Ennion’s work as simple ‘kids’ stuff. I then rated it well below that of the many artists who painted their birds to a high-gloss finish, showing every feather in meticulous detail. Fine brushwork, yes, but I realised after more field experience that their works lacked a certain something: life! It was then, with little hints from my mentors, that I took a second look at the likes of Ennion: artists who could sketch, and not just sketch the shape of a bird, but include within that shape all the freedom and vitality of the bird in the wild. This Ennion did, and, in his portrayal, be it a quick pencil drawing, a slightlymore elaborate line-wash sketch or a finished painting, he was second to none, showing with the minimum use of materials, but maximum effect, all the postures and many moods that a bird in its natural surroundings can produce. This new book, with a fine introduction and commentary by John Busby, shows to great effect all of Ennion’s skill in putting on paper that
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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.