Sir: Your two leading articles of 11 October ('Vilification of heroic parents' and 'The proper study of mankind is birds') deserve to be considered in tandem. If the 860,000 members of the RSPB were to put their resources at the disposal of those societies that serve the interests of underprivileged, abused and disturbed children, how very different the world would be. Children, as well as birds, are 'endlessly interesting', and represent a far more valuable investment. The extinction of the dodo and the bustard does not seem to have had a great effect on our lives, but the legacy of unhappy children is with us always, in the form of cruelty, crime and neglect of more unhappy children.
G. M. WATKINS
Mumbles, West Glamorgan