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Notes on the Natural History of the Bell Rock

Nature volume 71, page 221 (05 January 1905) | Download Citation



As a record of the various types of aërial and marine life commonly seen by the guardians of the lonely lighthouses of the east coast of Scotland in particular, and of the British coasts in general, these random nates are worthy of all commendation, more especially as they are written by a man who does not appear to have had a scientific training. Mr. Campbell was assistant light-keeper on the Bell Rock for the long period of nine years, and he is therefore well qualified to know all that is to be known with regard to the general habits of the commoner and more conspicuous species frequenting the environment of his station; while a period of such a length is sufficient to include the visits of many of the rarer stragglers. Most or all of the notes, it appears, have been previously published in the local Press of the neighbouring mainland, and they are certainly worthy of rescue from such oblivion. The only point for regret is, perhaps, that the author does not say more about bird migration. Mr. James Murdoch, late secretary to the Board of Northern Lighthouses, has contributed an interesting introduction on lighthouses and lighthouse men in general.

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