Chough survey in 1982

In April, May and June 1982, there is ajoint IWC/BTO/RSPB census of the Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax. The last comprehensive survey was in 1963, which showed there to be no Choughs left in England, 11 pairs in Scotland, 20 pairs on the Isle of Man, 100 pairs in Wales and up to 700 pairs in Ireland. Nobody knows how the bird has fared since then. Recent research suggests that the fate of the Chough is closely linked to changes in traditional farming methods in its coastal haunts. It is hoped that the present survey will show how the Chough population stands at present and record land-use patterns throughout its breeding range. To do this thoroughly, we require information on any past or recent breeding sites in order to prepare a list of areas to be covered. Volunteers are needed who are prepared to walk these coastal and mountain areas, to locate pairs and flocks this summer. If you can provide any information on Chough breeding and feeding sites, or are keen to help, please contact: Chough Survey, RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL, or Chough Survey, IWC, Southview, Church Road, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Monarch butterflies in 1981

Reports of sightings of monarchs Danaus plexippus in Britain and Ireland (other than in the Isles of Scilly), giving places, precise dates, and any special circumstances, for inclusion, with acknowledgment, in an account shortly to be published in The Entomologist's Record are requested by R. F. Bretherton CB,  Folly Hill, Birtley Green, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0LE

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