HC Deb 21 May 1954 vol 527 c2479

Lords Amendment: In page 4, line 18. after "marking" insert: or examining any ring or mark on, that or some other bird.

Lady Tweedsmuir

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment." This is virtually a drafting Amendment. Clause 4 (1, c) allows the taking of any wild bird solely for the purpose of ringing or marking and then releasing it. Strictly speaking, this would apply only if every bird taken were ringed or marked. This, however, does not correspond with the actual practice of ringing stations. A good many birds of common species that enter the traps are often released without being ringed, and birds which have already been ringed are quite often caught either accidentally or for the purpose of examining the ring. It is clearly desirable that the exemption for catching birds for ringing should be expressed in terms appropriate to the actual practice of ringing stations, and this Amendment is designed for that purpose.

Sir T. Moore

I beg to second the Motion.

Question put, and agreed to.