The Value of Insectivorous Birds


THROUGHOUT the country at the present time farmers, fruit-growers, allotment-holders, and owners of gardens are faced with a plague of insects such as has not been experienced in the United Kingdom for many years past. True it is that we have had more or less local outbreaks of the winter moth, the cabbage butterfly, apple and plum aphids, wire worms, leather jackets, and numerous other pests of great severity, but not, in the present writer's opinion, to such a general extent as at the present time.

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COLLINGE, W. The Value of Insectivorous Birds. Nature 101, 407–409 (1918).

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