Fait Isle and its Birds. By Kenneth Williamson. With 'A List of the Birds of Fair Isle' by Peter Davis. Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh and London, 1965. xvi+311 pages; 27 photographs (16 plates); 17 text-figures and maps. 30s. Over 60 years ago Dr. William Eagle Clarke first visited Fair Isle and proved what a good place it is to study migration and see rare birds.; he had picked it from a map, for almost nothing was known of its birds up to that time. In 1948, through the enthusiasm of George Waterston who bought the island, Fair Isle Bird Observatory was launched. The prospectus map showed migration theory very much where Eagle Clarke had left it, with streams of migrants following narrow lanes from the north-west and north-east down either side of Scotland, and Fair Isle sited at the main junction. Kenneth William son, the observatory's first warden, soon changed this concept and much else besides. A far better understanding of the patterns of bird movements was developed; traps and note-books replaced the gun (after some slight hesitation); and papers in the Fair Isle Bird Observatory Bulletin and elsewhere quickly restored the island to the pre eminent position it had attained 40 years earlier. Fair Isle and its Birds now summarises everything in one place in a most readable form. Part I is about the island, its people, its past, and the breeding birds. The general chapters evoke many memories: surely everyone who goes there must fall in love with
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Pennie, I. D
Macmillan, A. T
Pennie, I. D
Macmillan, A. T
Chadwick, P

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