Alan was born on 5th February 1933 and lived in the Coundon area of Coventry. As a young boy, his interest in wild birds drew him into the countryside around his home, but when, aged 12, he and a friend came upon a splendid Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius, he became truly hooked. Stimulated by nature programmes on radio and books such as the Observer’s Book of British Birds (1952

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