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2358, NH/34
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Otter, Jack, - 0, Interviewee, Male, Naturalist
Speaker: Tinning, John & others, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Talks about snakes in India, Ceylon and few soldiers bitten. Mentions rattle snake caught in jungle. Talks about studying snakes. Started looking at birds with grandfather. Describes watching badgers with John Wall and George Smith (Gamekeeper) and Bob Broughton. Briefly mentions nightjars and finches in spinney at Scraptoft Hall. Mentions Nuthatches at Clumber Park. Talks about boxing when young. Lists countries visted whilst in the army and roaming English countryside as soldier and had boat on Broads. Talks about butterfly population in South Leicestershire - Meadow Browns, Cabbage Whites and Peacock butterflies. Mentions ponds have disappeared. Ancedote on short sighted linnets. Talks about collecting eggs as youngster. Mentions encountering WB Alexander. Mentions OROS talk and BTO conference when bird was shot to prove an argument. Ancedote at Eyebrook Reservoir with WB Alexander. Met Arthur Moody of Lilford Estate, Wil Tinsley. Mentions Ted Ellison of Norfolk Broads. Talks about Jack Bennison, keeper at Swallow Moss. Mentions Maurice Waterhouse and John Wilson, Bill Condrey who Don Otter has worked with. Mentions never seeing Otter in Leicestershire. Ancedote about otter on lead in India. Ancedote about getting mules across river and being watched by red billed blue magpies. Talks about interest in snakes. Explains hibernation of snakes especiallyat Kirkby Moor, Lincs. Talks through how to catch one.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s

Recording Date: 1/1/1980
Playing time: 1 hr,14 mins, 37 secs
Access Restrictions: Full consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
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