7 JUNE 1935, Page 16

A Lighthouse Observer An astonishing number of birds, and a

good many butterflies, have been seen, I hear, at some of the lighthouses this year ; and much valuable information has been gleaned. The birds not only fly round the lighthouses and, alas, against the coping over the light, they spend hours trying to penetrate, I cannot but think that much more might be done for the sake both of science and the birds to limit casualties. The most moving tale I have read appeared in the spring number of the always excellent Bird Notes and News which is the official organ of the R.S.P.B. It was written by one of the lighthouse keepers. To these men are due most of the newer discoveries in the free migration of butterflies to England and, more surprisingly, from England.