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Merseyside Fauna and Flora

Nature volume 139, page 242 (06 February 1937) | Download Citation



THE Liverpool Naturalists' Field Club has recently issued volumes of Proceedings covering its activities for 1934 and 1935. This brings its number of annual Proceedings since its inception in 1860 to seventy-five, a noteworthy accomplishment, for they provide a valuable reference on the changing fauna and flora of the industrial north-west of England. The two latest volumes consist largely of the Ornithological Section report by Eric Hardy, who has built up within the Society the largest organized bird study group in the area. This includes bird-census counts over special areas, organized surveys of bird-calls at dawn and dusk, and statistics of migration and bird-ringing, nesting and rookery counts, etc. The Ornithological Section, states the Committee Report, is now organized independently of, but connected with, the general Field Club. The Proceedings also include Mr. W. A. Makinson's presidential addresses for the two years: “The Joys of a Nature Lover” and “Trees and their Service to Man”. Reference is made to the discovery, in the Field Club library, of proof that the Society's first president and founder, the Rev. H. H. Higgins, visited the convent at Sinai and examined the famous “Codex Sinaiticus” previous to the examination by the collector Tischendorf. Having traced the journals of this Sinai visit, it is hoped to publish them.

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