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2346, NH/22
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Williams, Peter, 1952 - 0, Interviewee, Male, LCC Environmental Manager
Speaker: Hyde, Colin, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls attending 13 schools. Mentions early interest in natural history at school in Norfolk and Frank Walker who ran bird club in Cyprus.Joined Young Ornithologists Club (YOC) and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Notts, Wildlife Trust (WT), Leicester Wildlife Trust (LWT) and Ornithological Society (OS). Subscribes to British Birds and is on council of OS. Was on board of Trust as Leicestershire County Council (LCC) link. Mentions Town planning role and interest in natural environment is a good combination. Talks about managing Beacon Hill and Watermead Park. Mentions Nature Conservation Forum. Illustrates public involvement and impact of national and european law at Sheet Hedges Wood.Talks about bid for National Forest and local scepticism. Mentions birdwatching and also dragonflies and ponds. Admire David Attenborough, Maurice Pettifer, Peter Gamble, Tim Appleton and Peter Hall for planning. Recalls using Peterson field guide, Birds of Western Palearctic, Hellman Poyser books and others. Describes favourite birds; Peregrine, Fulmers, Hornbills and where to visit such as Snettersham and Lake District. Illustrates visits to Australia, Pyrenees, Norfolk. Conveys future of planning in Leicestershire. Talks about sustainable development & climate change - Ashby Wolds, Donisthorpe colliery. Mentions Maurice Pettifer's deal at Sence Valley. Won Royal Town Planning Institute silver cup in 2001 for work at Ashby Wolds. Keeps notebooks - Great Auk sighting in Scotland. Takes photos but no archive. Mentions geodiversity in Leicestershire and surveys for British Ornithology Trust (BTO).
Place of birth: Swanage
Education: Post grad in Town Planning
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Royal Air Force
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 22/11/2007
Playing time: 1 hr, 17 mins, 7 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
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