Old Tom the Birder (part 2)
A photograph of Tom taken in 1953.
Attached is a letter Tom sent me a few years ago and was something he would often do. One of the old school ornithologists who corresponded through letters and photographs illustrating his marsh visits. His letter (pictured) mentions an encounter with Martin Gilbert on Frodsham Marsh and Martin would spend many hours walking with Tom helping him spot birds and pointing them out for this elder birders ailing eyesight.
I could drone on all day long about Tom but I think these links below give an opportunity for Tom himself to tell his own story and the work he committed to his passion for birds and the areas he liked best.
Ornithology and Conservation in the Leigh District 1938-1956
A brilliant historical article about Leigh birding by Tom sums up his pioneering days.