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Looking back

01 June 2002
Comments Other ON April 12th, 1927, we found a nest of the Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) about twenty feet from the ground in a Douglas fir, near Dumfries. It contained two eggs as well as one newly-hatched bird. W. & A. B. DUNCAN. `[About half a dozen cases are...
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Letters

01 June 2002
Comments Letters Gauntlett's view of history (Brit. Birds 95: 146) is inadequate. He states: `That a few species "never had it so good" for a few decades cannot be a valid reason for trying to perpetuate that situation.' If it were true that this period of abundance wa...
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News and Comment

01 June 2002
Comments News and comment Plans by the Norwegian multinational company Norsk Hydro for a huge aluminium smelter in Iceland have been shelved: this means that the giant hydroelectric scheme needed to fuel the plant has also been abandoned. It would have been the largest hydro sc...
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Reviews

01 June 2002
Comments Reviews Edited by P. J. Higgins, J. M. Peter & W. K. Steele. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2001. 1,270 pages; 44 colour plates; numerous linedrawings and maps. ISBN 0-19-553258.9. Hardback, £135.00. The first and largest volume of this mammoth proje...
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Monthly marathon

01 June 2002
Comments Other It is amazing just how many birds of prey seem to be flying away from you when you first see them. Picture the scene: you are wandering along some desert wadi, scouring the bushes for small migrants, when you take yet another glance upwards. And this t...
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