IN 1916, seven years before T. A. Coward found the Black Redstart (Phcenicurus ochrurus gibraltariensis) breeding on the Sussex coast and so established what was then thought to be the first British record, F. C. R. Jourdain wrote an article in The Zoologist on the status of the Black Redstart in England as a breeding species. In that article he reviewed every alleged instance of breeding that had...

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