Peter was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, a few kilometres from the Welsh border, because there was no Welsh maternity unit close to his parents’ home in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. Peter was brought up in Prestatyn and went to Rhyl grammar school. He took up birdwatching, influenced by Edmund Sandars’ A Bird Book for the Pocket. In 1953, he went to the University College of North Wales, Bango

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