16 FEBRUARY 1940, Page 15


A Finnish Bird-lover If examples were needed of the affectionate interest in birds

prevailing in the modern world, here is one that deserves record. In the chain of bird sanctuaries encouraged by an international committee for preservation an important place is taken by the Ovielton duck decoy in Pembrokeshire, for ducks migrate widely and their decrease in number was feared. A plea (as I noted at the time) for the maintenance of this sanctuary even in war-time was put out by Miss Barclay Smith, of the London Zoo. Among the donations

just received is one from Finland ! It needs no imagination to feel the poignancy of such a giving. The chief Polish

representative of the international bird preservers was a University professor, whose master attribute was kindliness of heart. He has just died of harsh treatment in a German concentration camp.