Speaker: Russell, Andrew, 1956 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Environmental Health Officer
Speaker: Hyde, Colin, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about education but no major influences in natural history although liked biology at school. Mentions collecting eggs and bird watching, reading reference books eventually specialising in Lepidoptera. Mentions meeting Don Hall Smith at New Walk Museum and became local expert on moths. Talks about taking over Smith's job at New Walk Museum and responsiblities. Travel is mainly local; Wicken Fen, Pickworth Great Wood, Clipsham Quarry, Ketton Quarry, also Dungeness and the Lizard. Likes giving feedback to moth enthusiasts. Favourite moths are Footman and Wainscots groups. Talks about 'State of Britain's Moths' data. Mentions climate change and Leicestershire's habitats. Hopes to produce butterflies and moths book of Leicestershire. Mentions organisations such as Leicestershire's Moth Group and Leicestershire's Lepidoptera Recording Group. Recorder for Butterfly Conservation, East Midlands (BO). Belongs to Wildlife Trust (WT). Talks about Peter Gamble and Harry Ball. Mentions moth specimens. Comments on Herbert Butler and his manuscript for book of moth's of Leicestershire.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Environmental Health degree - Aston University
Marital Status: Married, Children: 1
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
Recording Date: 10/12/2007
Playing time: 54 mins, 42 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
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