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'Hastings Rarities' papers, 1950-1998


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Nicholson authored, or co-authored, at least two papers on the 'Hastings Rarities', the name by which a long-running ornithological controversy became known. This controversy concerned the recording, in the early 20th century, of exceptionally unusual species, apparently accidental visitors, in a district around Hastings, East Sussex, and their addition to official lists of British birds. In 1962 Nicholson and I.J. Ferguson-Lees published a paper in British Birds (see below) refuting the authenticity of the Hastings Rarities. The paper aroused considerable debate, and in response Nicholson co-authored another British Birds paper in 1969 (see below).


  • Creation: 1950-1998

Language of Materials

  • English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15041/992-998

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom