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2350, NH/26
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Green, Colin, 1947 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Broadcaster
Speaker: Hyde, Colin, Interviewer,

Summary of interview item: Describes early interest in natural history informed by Grandmother's smallholding. Early career was bookbinder but interested in history, especially fossils and animal droppings. Next job was for Loughborough Corporation in Highway department. Joined Loughborough Naturalists Club (LNC). Mentions taking over from Tony Squires recording badgers and field study at Charnwood Forest.Influenced by Bill Moffat and taught in Loughborough at WEA. Collects Victorian named house bricks. Recalls work around reservoirs of Leicestershire Seven Trent water. Recalls being interviewed by local radio on badgers and working on 'Green by Green' and 'Green Light Programme' and 'Big Green Breakfast'. Presented Severn Trent to media and was awareded MBE. Worked for BBC and now ITV Central as Environment Correspondent. Gives an account of work at Rainbows Hospice eco-garden. Conveys enthusiasm for entertaining and communicating. Mentions officer roles in Leicester Badger Group, Council for Protection of Rural England (CPRE). Outlines specialist interest as mammals and palaeontology. Mentions large collection of mammoth remains. Comments on carbon-footprint and travel. Conveys admiration for David Attenborough and Jack Otter. Recalls having a menagerie. Speaks of favourite place; Charnwood Forest, Swithland Reservoir, Budden Wood, Bradgate Park. Comments on slide collection of Budden Wood - 1970-1995. Interested in industrial archaeology and Mountsorrel Granite Company. Currently interested in Bonsai trees and gardening. Enjoys fund raising and mentions Ken Chamberlain.
Place of birth: Loughborough
Education: O'levels and further qualifications
Marital Status: Married, Children: 1
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Loughborough
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 28/1/2008
Playing time: 1 hr, 22 mins, 12 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
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