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Country diary 1967: sniffing out birds at the sewage farm

03.12.2017
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5 December 1967 CM Gadd was apparently the first person to realise how migrating birds are attracted to municipal sewage farmsCHESHIRE AND LANCASHIRE: I was sad to hear recently of the death of a Cheshire naturalist whose name is probably quite unknown to the great number of ornithologists who have profited from his energy and fieldcraft. I refer to the late CM Gadd who was apparently the first man to realise what a rich variety of migrating waders and other birds are attracted to municipal sewage-farms. It is from observations at these somewhat unpleasant places that much of our knowledge of overland migration has been derived. Gadd first visited the well-known Altrincham sewage-farm in 1916, found that it was attractive to birds and informed TA Coward. That famous ornithologist lived only four miles away from the farm but had never visited it, although subsequently, until his death in 1933, he went there repeatedly, as have innumerable bird-watchers after him. Related: Food and shelter at the sewage farm: Country diary 100 years ago Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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