The Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus is one of the rarest and most threatened of breeding birds in the UK, where it occurs at the northwestern edge of its World range. A recent study by the RSPB (Green et al. 2000) has revealed some fascinating insights into the species' likes and dislikes. This study revealed that Stone-curlews prefer to nest on free-draining sandy soils with stones, possibly beca

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