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Looking back

01 July 2001
Comments Other Seventy-five years ago: `GREAT AND BLUE TITMICE IN SKYE. IN a Practical Handbook of British Birds' I notice that the Great Titmouse (Parus major) is said to be only a rare visitor to Skye. It may be interesting therefore to record that I saw s...
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Bird Illustrator of the Year 2001

01 July 2001
Comments Main paper This year, the judging took place at the Christopher Helm offices in London. Making up the numbers on the panel alongside Robert Gillmor, Alan Harris and Keith Shackleton, I was a little nervous about voicing the opinions of a mere publisher. Nonethele...
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Letters

01 July 2001
Comments Letters Moss (1998) appears to take human-induced global warming as a proven fact, despite quoting from the 1995 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 1996) that the `balance of evidence now suggests that there is a discernible human in...
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News and Comment

01 July 2001
Comments News and comment The British Trust for Ornithology's Waterways Bird Survey has highlighted the rapid decline of breeding Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava in riparian habitats. Some coastal populations appear stable, but in many areas the decrease has been dramatic. The ...
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Reviews

01 July 2001
Comments Reviews PIGEONS AND DOVES By David Gibbs, Eustace Barnes & John Cox. Pica Press, Sussex, 2001. 615 pages; 76 colour plates; 314 species illustrated in colour; 309 maps. ISBN 1-873403-60-7. Hardback, £38.00. Everyone is familiar with pigeons and doves; ind...
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Monthly marathon

01 July 2001
Comments Other The long pointed wings and long, tapering, forked tail of the bird in Monthly Marathon number 177 (plate 109, repeated here as plate 198) will have been readily identifiable as a swift (Apodidae) to all but the most inexperienced of obser vers. The pho...
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The Best Annual Bird Report Awards

01 July 2001
Comments Main paper This is the tenth and final year in which these awards have been presented by British Birds. When this competition was launched, in 1991, one of the key objectives was to improve the standard and the quality of county, regional and bird-observatory report...
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