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Nature volume 100, pages 292293 (13 December 1917) | Download Citation



THE report of the Winchester College Natural History Society for 1915-17, edited by its president, the Rev. S. A. McDowall, shows that a considerable amount of active work is being done by the members. Mr. McDowall himself is interested in natural orchid-hvbrids, and he has succeeded in infecting the older members of the society year by year with his enthusiasm; the present report contains valuable notes by H. McKechnie and D. G. Lowndes, with five good half-tone plates. The former also has an interesting account of plants introduced from camp fodder. There are lists of additional plants, of Lepidoptera, and of nesting birds, with locality and date of each observation. A golden oriole and a waxwing are among the birds observed. Among papers read at the meetings (which, by the way, are held on Sundays), those by R. F. Lowndes on trout and by J. Comber on ditch plants bear witness to much first-hand knowledge, and are rightly printed at greater length than the others. Although the war has introduced many competing claims on the energy of the school, the membership of this society has not diminished, and all, from its president down to the smallest junior, are to be congratulated on the excellent report that their united efforts have produced. We hope that in this time of stress other schools will do as well in natural history as does this home of the ancient learning.

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