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Notebooks of Canning Suffern


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Notebooks of Canning Suffern recording observations of birds, other wildlife and plants, 1948-1971. The notebooks comprise 8 calendar notebooks containing daily observations (with species circled) and 17 field notebooks containing hourly observations (with species circled). The field notebooks also include weather maps cut from newspapers with annotations for Suffern's studies in migration.


  • 1948-1971


1.65 linear metres (8 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, where available, e.g. MS. 15486/1, fols. 1-2].
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MSS. 15486/1-8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15486


Notebooks of Canning Suffern, 1948-1971.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Canning Suffern began reading medicine at Cambridge in 1911. The First World War interrupted his studies, and he served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves. After the war, he completed his medical studies at St Thomas' Hospital, London. On qualifying he held several hospital posts before turning to medical journalism, eventually joining the staff of The Lancet. In the Second World War he served as a Controller in the RAF. Suffern was a keen birdwatcher from an early age, and was particularly associated with Titchfield Haven in Hampshire.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.
Catalogue of the notebooks of Canning Suffern
EAD version 2019 by Jen Patterson
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom