17 OCTOBER 1931, Page 13

The district is well worth a visit from motorists or

other voyagers, expecially if they have any interest in farming. Some of the best intensive farming in the world, by large as well as small husbandmen is to be seen over these so-called " marshes." A zoological curiosity is the sight of pheasants running about the flat fields like domestic hens. They were introduced not to provide sport for a" feudal lord," but in order to keep down the grubs from which bulb growers and others suffered owing to the paucity of small birds in a region that suffers from the absence of that harbour for birds, the English hedgerow. One farmer thereabouts claims that he saved his crops from insect plagues and provided himself and his friends with many good days of sport (he killed over 300 pheasants on his " first day ") by buying one sitting of pheasants' eggs and so introducing the bird to this alien and woodless region.