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Photographs of Phylloscopus and other warblers. Black-and-white photographs, colour prints and original colour transparencies are needed urgently for possible use with a forthcoming paper by Alan R. Dean on 'Identification of Greenish Warbler and its possible confusion species*. The obvious candidates are: Green Warbler P. nitidus, Two-barred Greenish Warbler P. plumbeitarsus, Greenish Warbler P. trochiloides, Arctic Warbler P. borealis, the Siberian race of Chiffchaff P. collybita tristis, the central Asiatic race of Yellow-browed Warbler P. inornatus humei, and Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina. Please send ail photographic material to Mrs Sheila Gobban at the editorial office: Fountains, Park Lane, Blunham, Bedford MK4+SNJ.Sand Martins