Feathery claims

January 25, 2002

A rare bittern, a medium-sized brown heron, was spotted last week at a campus of the University of Lincoln, at the same time as an influx of bitterns was recorded on England's east coast.

But the university's claim that the bittern was nesting in reeds was surely premature - the birds' fancy does not turn to procreation until spring has sprung just a little more emphatically. Bitterns are early breeders, but the Lincoln bird is more likely to be part of the influx of continental refugees fleeing the freeze.

If the bird does remain to breed, protecting its nest from egg collectors may prove a drain on scarce university resources.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns