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A Naturalist on Lindisfarne

Nature volume 158, page 731 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation



OFF the Northumberland portion of the coast of Engljdyi fes the island of Lindisfarne, also the smaller islands known as the Inner and Outer Faiaa"jMi/!bll the haunt of sea-birds, much frequented bylwinter visitors and a halting-place for passing migrants. So St. Cuthbert found when he was appointed prior in 673, his special care being the eider ducks, which to this day are known as St. Cuthbert's ducks. Mr. Perry, wending his way some 1200 or more years later over the sands that separate Lindisfarne from the mainland, to take up his residence on the Holy Island, found himself in what was little short of an ornithological paradise. In this book he tells us of the island and its life, of the changing seasons, of the comings and goings of the bird population, with many observations on details of behaviour, including a chapter on the fulmar petrel with special reference to the homing of this species, which he records as visiting its nesting ledges in December. His appendix of the chronological history of the colonization of Holy Island by the fulmar embodies useful data, and another appendix is a painstaking list of the birds of Holy Island.

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