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2348, NH/24
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Heaton, Andrew, 1953 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Conservation Officer, Environment Agency
Speaker: Hyde, Colin, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Briefly describes childhood natural history influences; parents, finding kingfisher nest and biology teacher; JDM Wright (became Chairman of Natural History Society (NHS). Recalls trip to Rugeley as influential and Bunny Tiegel, Birmingham giving him feedback on sticklebacks. Mentions importance of UCL course to his work. First job was with Nature Conservancy Council (NCC). Worked in Africa with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) where fell in love with Africa where he wrote survey 'Birds of Obudu'. Worked for Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, Kent and then Royal Society for Nature Conservation (RSNC) as first full-time Conservation Officer involving issues on acid rain and aforrestation of upland habitats. Joined National Rivers Authority (NRA) now Environment Agency (EA) and is now Midlands Regional Conservation Officer. Explains terms of biodiversity. Mentions role as regional Water Aid representative and involvement with various Wildlife Trusts. Recalls learning from Dick Hale & John McMeeking. Lists membership of various societies including Leicestershire Wildlife Trust (LWT). Describes favourite animals as amphibians, reptiles, insects and birds but especially Great Crested Newt. Talks about published books, articles and papers. Talks about strain on water resources in region and fragmentation of habitats through climate change. Records in field note books and has large slide collection.
Place of birth: Kings Norton, Birmingham
Education: Zoology degree - Sheffield University, MSc in Conservation - UCL
Marital Status: Married, Children: 2
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Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Ashby de la Zouch
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 9/12/1953
Playing time: 1 hr, 9 mins, 40 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
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