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Letters

01 June 2010
Comments Letters When accounts of species new to Britain appear, I look back to the field characters of them described in BWP to see how the latter have held up. The reprise of the 1983 Scilly Green Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus (Brit. Birds 103: 93-99) gave pa...
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Notes

01 June 2010
Comments Notes On 13th August 2009, along with several other observers, I was on board MV Celtic Wildcat taking part in a Sea Trust survey for cetaceans off the Pembrokeshire coast. About 40 km WSW of St Ann's Head, we encoun- tered 6-10 Fin Whales Balaenoptera physa...
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Recent reports

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment This summary of unchecked reports covers early April to early May 2010. Headlines Arguably, all the 'best' birds in this period were short-stayers: Pacific Golden Plover in London, European Roller in Co. Wexford, Calandra Lark in Lincolnshire and White...
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Martin Gilbert

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment Martin Gilbert, a popular member of the UK birding scene, who was responsible for finding the Cley Slender-billed Gulls Chroicocephalus genei in 1987 and was the guardian of the nesting Black-winged Stilts Himantopus himantopus at Frodsh...
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Dick Brown (1935-2010)

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment Richard George Bolney (Dick) Brown was one of the most intelligent and charming of the Oxford ornithologists of the 1950s. A tall, lanky, sociable figure, for decades no international conference was complete without him in the bar. He was born in Wolverha...
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A new era on Fair Isle

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment The new Fair Isle Bird Observatory is, at the time of writing, almost finished. The £4m+ project, which contributors to BB have helped in a small way by donating their fees for photographs (including the front covers throughout 200...
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Egg smuggler spared jail

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment A clutch of three Osprey eggs was among the haul of 2,000 eggs recovered from the home of an obsessive egg-collector who traded with other collectors around the world and smuggled his illegal purchases into the UK. Andrew Seed's collection, hidden in his...
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Osprey nesting news

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment The UK's oldest breeding female Osprey Pandion haliaetus has returned to nest at the Loch of the Lowes in Perthshire for the 20th year in a row, and has laid eggs. The 25-year-old has now produced nearly 60 eggs in her lifetime, and has managed t...
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News and comment

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment As N&c goes to press, there has yet to be official con- firmation of the theme for this year's British Bird- watching Fair at Rutland Water in August. But the beneficiary of this year's event would seem to be the restricted-range endemic birds of southern...
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The Nature of Iraq

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment An exhibition of the conservation work now taking place in post-conflict Iraq will be held at the BIRDscapes Gallery in Glandford, Norfolk, next month. 'The Nature of Iraq - from Marshes to Mountains' is a photographic exhibition compiled by Nature Iraq a...
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New chief executive for the RSPB

01 June 2010
Comments News and comment Dr Mike Clarke has taken over from Sir Graham Wynne as chief executive of the RSPB. Dr Clarke was the Society's Director of Operations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mike Clarke said: 'My appointment coincides with a series of massive challenges...
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