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The National Forest’s LANDshapes project The National Forest’s LANDshapes project interview with Baz Forgham

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LANt028 Baz Forgham
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary

A career in the National Coal Board as a draughtsman based at the grand surroundings of Coleorton Hall followed hard on the heels of a childhood full of train spotting and learning about natural history for Baz Forgham. Baz's love of natural history grew through early expeditions on his bike which took him from his home near Coalville to local towns such as Tamworth, Derby and Leicester. After being "superseded by computers" in 1987, Baz became an unpaid full time naturalist with a passion for 'all things feathered'. Baz tells us enthusiastically about the Ravens breeding in the area "for the first time in over a hundred years". Find out about Dimminsdale and Kelham Bridge nature reserves - and the intricacies of creating a 'wader scrape', along with many other local wildlife 'gems' in this fascinating recording.....but watch out for 'big cats'!

Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview date: 22/03/2005
Landshape Zone: Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Parish: Coalville and surrounds
Location: Coalville, Leicestershire.
Date of birth: 08/1937
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.
Reference: LANt028

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