GREAT BRITAIN: Indiscriminate Slaughter?

Britons who consider it unseemly to show emotion over human affairs can steam up quickly over fauna and flora. Especially birds. A wartime British movie, The Tawny Pipit (TIME, Oct. 6), pretty well proved that one rural village had almost forgotten the Battle of Britain for a fortnight in its excitement over the nesting drama of two rare specimens of Anthus campestris.

Last week bird lovers were again having a time. In the letters column of the Manchester Guardian, several correspondents described the belligerent tendency of male British bullfinches and chaffinches to...

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