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‘Recent reports’ As the ‘Recent reports’ in August covered most of July and as the present issue is going to press only ten days later, we are holding this feature over to…

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Dutch publication’s special number on birds of prey.—The Dutch have always been in the vanguard of bird protection in Europe and they are reacting quickly and strongly to the appalling threat to…

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(These are largely unchecked reports, not authenticated records) This summary is mainly concerned with the last fortnight of June and the first three weeks of July, a period which produces the first…

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(These are largely unchecked reports, not authenticated records) This summary is mainly concerned with the last fortnight of May and the first half of June, but it includes some observations from early…

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N e w Dictionary of Birds.–Work has been going on in earnest for over five years on a New Dictionary of Birds, a centenary enterprise of the British Ornithologists’ Union. The formidable…

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Normally April and May provide us with quite a scattering of vagrants from southern and south-eastern Europe, but this year such wanderers seem to have been rather few. There were two reports…

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Prize-winning films.–The B.B.C. and the Council for Nature recently announced the results of their jointly sponsored natural history film competition for amateurs. The joint winners of the £700 prize in the main…

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A new edition of the Field Guide.–Many bird-watchers find it difficult to remember the time when A. Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe, by Roger Tory Peterson, Guy Mountfort…

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Brownsea Island Nature Reserve.–In these days, when so many interesting areas are being lost to the naturalist, it is heartening to hear the happier story of Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset,…

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A new British List.–It was announced at the October scientific meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union that the Union proposes to prepare a new list of British birds, and that consideration is…

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