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2352, NH/28
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Sykes, Peter, 1955 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Engineer
Speaker: Hyde, Colin, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls early interest as roaming fields around Groby and Ratby and reading. Gives thumbnail of local terrain. Recalls meeting Steve Woodward at school and visiting Eyebrook with parents. Mentions travelling to Africa annually and visiting Iceland, Galapagos, Equador. Photographs moths, insects and flowers and large animals. Keeps bird records from 1970s around UK. Explains why not a member of photographic society and use of digital cameras. Notes like to understand world, how and why. Belongs to National Trust and Bosworth Natural History Society (MBNHS). Talks about Tony Fletcher, Martin Withers and Jan Dawson. Talks about getting young people involved in societies and creating presentations. MBNHS run wildflower meadow on Bosworth Park. Illustrates trying to get kids involved. Mentions interest in photographying moths. Admires Jimek at Serengeti & Dian Fossey. Favourite books 'Serengeti Shall Not Die' by Jimek, Armand & Michaela Denis; moth identification books. Explains photographing elephants. Talks about indexed photographic collection, moth records given to local recorder. Describes MBNHS survey of Battlefield railway line due to global warming for national database. Illustrates concern for mess people are leaving behind - conservation. Wants positive approach to global warming programmes. Currently member of British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and garden bird watch, member of RSPB, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), Butterfly Conservation, Leicester Funghi Study Group, Leicester Entomological Society, Hinckley & District Astronomical Society.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Physics degree
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: County Hall
Mother's Occupation: Teacher
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 25/2/2008
Playing time: 1 hr, 5 mins, 32 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
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