St. Kilda Summer. By Kenneth Williamson and J. Morton Boyd. Hutchinson, London, 1960. 224 p a g e s ; with photographs, drawings and maps. 25 s. For 27 years after its inhabitants had been evacuated at their own request, St. Kilda was visited only infrequently and for short periods by naturalists. Then in 1957 the R.A.F. landed a task force to establish a radar station, and the authors, two experienced island enthusiasts, went with it, on behalf of the Nature Conservancy and the National Trust for Scotland, to ensure that the operations caused no damage to the remarkable wild life of this magnificent group of islands. The ready co-operation of the Service authorities made their work far from onerous and allowed them time to carry out a number of valuable studies, many of which were more detailed and complete than anything that had previously been possible. The authors have also drawn on their work and experiences on shorter visits before and after the summer of 1957. Thus the careful survey of the entire coastline of the archipelago to count the Kittiwake and Guillemot colonies was actually carried out in 1959. The full details of that survey were recently published in this journal (Brit. Birds, 53: 252-264), but it is worth recalling that over 7,500 pairs of Kittiwakes and nearly 14,000 pairs of Guillemots were estimated. Yet these species form only part of the teeming sea-bird populations of St. Kilda. Both are outnumbered by the Fulmar, one of four species
Volume: 
Issue 11
Authors: 
C, S
D, P

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