IN the year 1661, Joshua Childrey (1623–1670), antiquary, schoolmaster, and divine, published in London a small duodecimo work entitled ” Britannia Baconia: / or, the Natural / Rarities / of / England, Scotland, & Wales.” This book, although of no particular value in itself, being merely a brief and somewhat imperfect compilation, was nevertheless destined to be of some considerable influence on the literature of natural history in this country. For, according to Wood’s ” Athense Oxonienses” (p. 339), it inspired Robert Plot (1641–1696), the first keeper of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, with the idea of writing the ” Natural History of Oxfordshire,” which appeared in 1677, and which was followed in 1686 by a ” Natural History of Staffordshire,” the work of the same author ; who is said to have also contemplated similar histories of Middlesex and Kent. These two works of Robert Plot’s also proved in their turn to be the forerunners of a numerous series of county natural histories by different writers. The full title of the ” Natural History of Oxfordshire” is as follows :– ” The / Natural History / of / Oxford-shire, / being an Essay toward the Natural History / of / England. / By R.P., LL.D. / [quotation from Arat. in Phsenom.] / [engraving] Printed at the Theater in Oxford, and are to be had there: / And in London at Mr. S. Millers, at the Star near the / West-end ofSt. Pauls Church-yard. 1677. / The price in sheets
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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.