As activists on three continents prepared to mark World Wetlands Day (2nd February) with peaceful protests against the obliteration of northeast Asia's premier shorebird site, the devastating news came through that the reclamation of the Saemangeum estuary in South Korea was to resume (see Brit. Birds 96: 463, 531 & 613). Court action by environmentalists had halted the building of a 33-km seaw


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