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2342, NH/18
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Tinning, John, 1948 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Teacher
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Detailed interview of natural history enthusiast with extensive experience in photography. Full account of career given before stating that he joined the Royal Society for the Protection fo Birds (RSPB) and Leicestershire Ornithological Society (LROS) in the early 1970s, meeting Martin Withers and Chris Measures, recalling how all three visited Ian Evans to sort records of badgers. Explains in detail methods of recording and watching badgers, noting Hambleton peninsula on Rutland Water. Regrets the collections of stuffed birds once held by New Walk museum have been passed on. Details how interest in photography started through Martin Withers led to trips to several continents and memberships of the Zoological Photographic Club (ZPC) and the Nature Photographers Portfolio (NPP); the latter of which he became chairman of. Won Leicestershire Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 1993. Reflects on attitudes and methods of recording wildlife for the future, including how Ron Hickling, Peter Gamble, Ian Evans and Jack Otter were influential locally in stimulating interest. Speaks about officer roles at organisations including the Leicestershire Trust for Nature Conservation (LTNC). Conveys that Prior's Coppice, Ulverscroft and Rutland Water are favorite local sites. Talks about his collections, methods of storage and their future. Notes that he did survey for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) on wildfowl in gravel pits including Syston and Ratcliffe. Interview ends with comments on favourite nationally-recognised enthusiasts and some information on technical developments in photography.
Place of birth: Carlisle
Education: University
Marital Status: Married, Children: Yes
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Location: County: Leicestershire
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Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 23/10/2007
Playing time: 2 hrs, 27 mins, 17 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
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