‘When Steve Madge first saw the light of day at Torpoint, Cornwall, in the winter of 1948, his mother gained what must have been the prototype bundle of joy and British ornithology one of its more colourful characters.’ If those words seem familiar to long-standing BB subscribers, it’s because they were the opening words, penned by John Mather, to an entry in the ‘Personalities


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