12 DECEMBER 1931, Page 16

The general naturalist is not less well supplied. His diary

has been produced as the special year book of the British Empire Naturalists' Association, or Bena as it is fondly called. The association was formed by Kay Robinson, the youngest of a trio of brothers, who were all ardent naturalists and busy writers. Phil Robinson wrote some of the most charming essays in the language ; and Kay was the very first to persuade a daily paper to give daily attention to the subject. The diary is worthy of the founder of the association. The guide to outdoor observation through each month of the year, though very brief, is singularly apt in what may be called its characterization ; and a really astonishing amount of precise information is conveyed in the couple of pages that introduce each month on the subject of birds, insects, mammals and not least, the weather.

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