Eric Simms, DFC, naturalist and author, was born on August 24, 1921. He died on March 1, 2009, aged 87
ERIC SIMMS was a true giant of the birding world by Bob Sheppard
Early on during the ten years that I was chairman of the Lincs Bird Club I was tasked with the job of approaching him to be our Hon President.
He received me at his South Witham home, as he always did, with great enthusiasm. For several hours I would listen to him reminiscing about the great characters he had met and the marvellous birds he had seen. He had a wonderful ear for birdsong and his recordings, published before fancy equipment was available, were a joy to hear. His books were masterpieces. He considered it an honour to be asked to be our president. The photos that adorned his study/library were a who's who of the greats of natural history.
He once held a huge audience of bird club members spellbound. We had been expecting Dave Cotteridge to speak, but unfortunately his car broke down. Without notes , Eric stood up from the audience, came to the front and spoke for one and a half hours. No slides, just a master of his craft at work. Then we had a question time. What a night....what a man! We shall not see his like again.
Those were the halcyon days of the Bird Club and it was a privilege to be the chairman. The bird report appeared every year in time to meet the expected rush in the Gib shop. The hard workingcommittee arranged regular meetings all over the county throughout the winter, which often had huge audiences.
Halcyon days indeed. Bob Sheppard. (More details >>Click Here)