Speaker: Pickering, Frank, 1931 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Electrical Engineer
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Interview with President of Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS). After a retrospective on his childhood and career, a description of where his interest in natural history began is traced from sites such as Eyebrook reservoir and New Walk Museum. Gives much information on local enthusiasts and experts, including taxidermist Ted Williams, Jack Otter, Hubert Barrow, Peter Gamble, the Felstead brothers, Cliff Holt, Eric Duffy, Mr Middleton (keeper at Bradgate Park), Eric Pochin, Alan Beck, Ron Hickling, Fred Littlemore and Arthur Todd. Recalls LROS started as Literature and Philospohical Ornithological Section and broke away. Describes how attitudes towards encouraging natural history have changed over the twentieth century. Mentions that he is also a member of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust (LRWT). Details the activities of LROS, including that its membership is around 600-strong, and that digital technology has greatly assisted the society in communicating between members, and in allowing the public to access its work. Expresses that Redstarts have almost vanished from the county because of shooting. The speaker also chronicles numerous countries visitied abroad and speaks about environmental issues affecting natural habitats. The interview concludes with with details of archiving LROS newsletters and reports at the County Record Office (ROLLOR).
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children: Yes
Location: County: Leicestershire
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
Recording Date: 25/10/2007
Playing time: 1 hr, 44 mins, 20 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
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