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Liverpool Naturalists' Field Club

Nature volume 142, page 608 (01 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE seventy-seventh Annual Proceedings of the Liverpool Naturalists Field Club for the year 1937, recently issued, contain a comprehensive summary of the year's fauna and flora in the Merseyside and Deeside areas, in addition to Mrs. R. Laverock's presidential address on “Defences and Adaptations in Plants”, and resumes of the general field meetings of the year at local places of interest. The botanical records, compiled by Mr. J. D. Massey, include a number of new district records. Insect records are summarized by Mrs. Makinson, the entomological referee. A comprehensive month by month summary of the bird records by Mr. Eric Hardy, the ornithological referee, includes the occurrence of greenshanks, ruffs, peregrines, curlew-sandpipers, green sandpipers, the sabine's gull and little gull in the area, the increase of nesting tufted ducks, teal, redshanks, and lesser black-backed gulls, the results of surveys of magpie, coot and red-backed shrike distribution carried out for the British Trust for Ornithology, and the nest-counts at the rookeries and heronries in the district. The Society is increasing the number of prizes offered for natural history work during the year to nine.

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