TRAVELLING in the north of England recently, we came across an interesting piece of wet-meadow land. It did not cover a great area, yet a few breeding Eurasian Curlews Nummius arquata were bubbling overhead and obviously had young nearby. An occasional Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago drummed, and Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus chased off the passing Carrion Crow Cowus corone. The water level


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