Ever since its inception in 1907, British Birds has served the birdwatching community by providing' a balanced mixture of items covering almost all aspects of ornithology. We shall be continuing this record of service by introducing a number of exciting new developments in the near future; you will find 'BB' more valuable than ever. Under the benevolent auspices of the publishing firms H. F. & G. Witherby (1907-72) and Macmillan (1973-80), British Birds provided the opportunity for serious amateurs as well as professional scientists to publish their work, ranging from papers on long-term studies carried out by an individual or team, and comprehensive summaries of the observations of many observers, to short notes on single observations. Many birdwatchers have seen their first words in print within the pages of British Birds; the same helping hand has been given to many young artists and photographers. British Birds is now held in trust by members of the Editorial Board, being published by a non-profit-making company. It has been our aim to continue British Birds' long tradition of service. We aim to ensure that British Birds remains the journal of record, documenting for posterity--as well as for its current readers-the changing patterns of the birds of Britain and Ireland, within a European or West Palearetic context. Papers on topics such as the irruption of Jays Garrulus glandarius in 1983 and the recent invasion of Little Egrets Egretta garzetta {Brit. Birds 78: 611-637; 85: 16-21), the identification of marsh terns Chlidonias (Brit. Birds 82: 296-319).

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