John grew up in London, and became an impassioned birder before he was ten, making many lifelong birding friends through the Young Ornithologists’ Club and the Surbiton and District Birdwatching Society, including Clive Byers, Dick Filby, Franco Mareovic and Ray O’Reilly. He never lost his birding passion and was to begin a lifelong career in the travel industry shortly after leaving full-time

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