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Hancock Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Nature volume 130, page 430 (17 September 1932) | Download Citation



THE Council of the Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne has decided to issue an occasional museum bulletin, with the view of keeping members and associates in closer touch with the activities of the Society and the Museum. The first number of the Bulletin contains short paragraphs directing attention to the summer field meetings of the Society, the Museum wild-flower exhibit, and the new arrangement of the Abel Chapman collection of big game trophies and birds of prey. A curious addition to the collections is a hybrid between an English pheasant cock and a white Wyandotte hen, much larger and heavier than an ordinary pheasant, but very pheasant-like in carriage and shape and in the plumage of head, neck, back, and sides. Legs and feet follow the domestic fowl pattern, and the right leg bears a short spur. The bird tasted more of fowl than of pheasant. It is matter for regret that the increase of goldfinches in parts of Northumberland and Durham has attracted the professional bird-catcher, so that the beautiful birds are again threatened with extinction. A strong appeal is made for an increase in membership, so that the good work of this century-old Society may be continued unabated.

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