Merseyside Naturalists' Association

"In the Footsteps of Eric Hardy" by David Bryant.

"... this wonderful book ... "


Through his weekly natural history programme on Radio Merseyside and record-breaking column in the Liverpool Daily Post, Eric Hardy (1912-2002) inspired many of us to get out and about in the North-West. He told us by example, how to experience the wonders of nature on our own doorsteps. He advised us of where to go and what to see and even better, he described it all with boundless enthusiasm and in extraordinary detail. He was the first naturalist to bring the countryside into the daily lives of ordinary Merseyside people. He was without doubt our own local hero.

Eric didn't stand on ceremony. He told it like it was and if you didn't see it his way, then that was your problem. But he always subscibed to the principle of "action speaking louder then words". He founded the Merseyside Naturalists' Association in 1938 and for the rest of his life was its Honorary Secretary.

He gave of his time and knowledge freely, for example, lecturing on natural history for the Workers Educational Association (WEA), one of the UK's largest charitable institutions, since 1935. His weekly "Countryside" articles in the Liverpool Daily Post began in 1929 and his BBC Radio Merseyside broadcasts started in 1969.

A proud scouser, Eric was also involved in countless other organisations and conservation initiatives; from being the founder and Hon. Sec. of the Jerusalem Naturalists' Club to writing the Naturalist's Notebook in Aquarist & Pondkeeper  since 1930. Yet he still found time to be a founding member of the Mersey Estuary Conservation Group and act as a Life Governor (since 1947) of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Author of at least ten books, he also researched and compiled the North-Western Bird Report since 1931, the year he also became a member of the RSPB. The constantly changing cycle of the natural world around us was faithfully recorded in his regular column in the Liverpool Daily Post and in his weekly broadcasts on BBC Radio Merseyside. 

In this wonderful book, a real labour of love, David Bryant has diligently researched and faithfully recreated Eric's many years of natural history knowledge and experience. You are invited to accompany him once again ... "In the Footsteps of Eric Hardy".

Published by Hobby Publications and printed by Cambridge University Press - hardback. 370 pages, 490 photographs, 32 pen and ink drawings, 4 paintings and 25 OS map extracts.

Signed copies are available from Amazon - use the Amazon link below.

Also available from the editor, David Bryant, at 13 Strafford Drive, Bootle, Merseyside L20 9JN, UK.
Telephone 0151 523 5240. 

Price £40, plus post and packing as follows: UK - £5.00;  Europe by air - £16.50;  Rest of the world by air - £21.00;
Surface mail anywhere outside UK - £11.40. 
Payable by cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to David Bryant.

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