3 MAY 2008, Page 26

Last call

Sir: Charles Moore asks (The Spectator Notes, 26 April) when the Times might be running a correspondence on ‘the last cuckoo’. Alas, I tried this back in 2001 when, having for several decades noted the arrival date of the first cuckoo, we for the first year ever heard no cuckoos at all in our part of Somerset. I thought this historic moment was worth a mention in the paper which used to glory in its annual letters recording ‘the first cuckoo’. But I fear that ‘the last cuckoo’ wasn’t of interest.

Christopher Booker

Litton, Somerset