(Plates 1-3.) the summer of 1947 two small colonies of Avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta) established themselves in East Anglia. Apart from the isolated instance of two pairs nesting in Ireland in 1938 (Handbook of British Birds, Vol. iv, p. 411), this would appear to be the first occasion when a number of pairs have bred in Britain for more than a century. The Royal Society for the Protection of Bi...

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