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2347, NH/23
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Appleton, Tim, 1947 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Reserve Manager, Rutland Water
Speaker: Hyde, Colin, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Briefly mentions childhood inspiration; finding Nightjar's nest and potholing. Comments on why he didn't attend university. Lists early jobs at Westbury-on-Trim Park, Woburn Abbey, Peakirk, Peterborough and Slimbridge.Talks about wanting to work for Peter Scott. Comments on lack of family interest in Natural History. Brother has distinguished TV career. Children are very interested. Reflects on hands-on route into profession. Describes influence of Peter Scott and Geoffrey Harrison also, Janet Kear, Mike Lubbock and Mike Garside. Mentions meeting royal family at Rutland and Buckingham Palace. Illustrates job is a hobby with ancedote about hand-rearing black headed duck. Talks about gaining job at Rutland Water and recalls local reaction to reservoir creation. Worked with Dame Sylvia Crow and Guy Messenger sourcing trees. Became SSSI in 1982 which attracted Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust (LRWT). Illustrates working with water bodies, locals and wildlife and setting up committee. Talks about starting Birdfair and BirdLife International. Currently working on Osprey project and Linden Centre. Comments on awards and belonging to British Ornithological Union (BOU), Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS). Briefly mentions advising on eco-tourism. Travelled in UK, Europe & Papua New Guinea; enjoys reading Guy Mountford's Portrait of a Wilderness, travel novels & field guides. Favourite birds are waterfowl; currently looking for pink headed duck in Burma. Admires David Attenborough, Bill Oddie and other media people. Holds many photographic slides, species diaries (on computer) and daily diary.
Place of birth: Tunbridge Wells
Education: Zoology, Botany A-levels
Marital Status: Married, Children: 2
Father's Occupation: Managed Pearl Assurance - West England
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Oakham
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 6/12/2007
Playing time: 1 hr, 25 mins, 9 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
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