British Thrushes.

By Eric Simms

Printed: 1978

Publisher: Collins. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 16 × 23 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 16 x 23 x 3

Condition: As new  (See explanation of ratings)

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In the original dustsheet. Green cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. A fine copy; pp. 304; b/w photographs, line-drawings, maps & diagrams. Dust jacket fine and bright, no fading to the spine, not price-clipped , covered in the publisher’s original protective “Duraseal” plastic covering. Green hard-back boards fine, unmarked. Contents clean and tight, pages crisp, no inscriptions or other marks. A fine copy. Bibliographic note: whilst not a particularly rare book, the majority of copies are faded to a greater or lesser extent and fine bright, un-faded copies are a rarity.

 Eric Arthur SimmsDFC (24 August 1921 – 1 March 2009) was an English ornithologistnaturalist,

writer, sound recordist, broadcaster and conservationist, as well as a decorated wartime Bomber Command pilot/ bomb-aimer.

He was born on 24 August 1921, the youngest of three brothers, in London, where his father was head gardener at the private gardens in Ladbroke Square.

He won a scholarship to Latymer Upper School and in 1939 began to read history at Merton College, Oxford, where he also took up bird ringing and joined the University Air Squadron, and, without completing his studies, was sent for aircrew training in Canada and the United States in 1941. He was called up, joining the Royal Air Force in 1941 and by 1943 was a Leading Aircraftman, and was then commissioned as a pilot officer on probation in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on 19 March 1943, serving as a bomb aimer and second pilot in Lancaster bombers, in which he flew 27 raids over Germany. On 14 November 1944 he was awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, the citation praising his “skill and determination which have been an inspiration to the crews with which he flies” and a “complete disregard for danger in the face of the heaviest enemy defences”.

After demobilisation, he worked as a teacher in Warwickshire, and served on the research committee of the West Midland Bird Club.

He then worked for the BBC, initially as a wildlife sound recordist, before making more than 7,000 radio broadcasts and hundreds of television appearances. He was a passionate believer in bringing natural history to a wider audience, and was a resident naturalist at the BBC. He is credited with starting the Countryside radio programme in 1952. As a guest on Desert Island Discs in 1976, one of his eight choices was a recording of a blackbird he had made near his London home.

Simms also appeared in Sir John Betjeman‘s 1973 TV documentary Metro-land, about the Metropolitan Railway line running northwest out of London. He was featured bird watching in Gladstone Park, near to his home in Dollis Hill.

In 1980 he and his wife Thelma (who was Section Officer Thelma Jackson, WAAF, when they married) retired to South Witham, near Grantham, Lincolnshire. He died on 1 March 2009. Thelma had died in 2001. They had a daughter and a son, Amanda and David, and four granddaughters.

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