Eric Hardy

Eric Hardy (1912-2002) was the founder of the Merseyside Naturalists' Association in 1938.
Through his weekly natural history programme on Radio Merseyside and record-breaking column in the Liverpool Daily Post, Eric 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.
He gave of his time and knowledge generously. His weekly "Countryside" articles in the Liverpool Daily Post began in 1929, recording the constantly changing cycle of the natural world around us. He broadcast weekly on BBC Radio Merseyside from 1969 and was a founding member of the Mersey Estuary Conservation Group and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

In The Footsteps Of Eric Hardy 

published in 2008, edited by the former MNA Chair - now President, David Bryant 'In the Footsteps Of Eric Hardy' ISBN: 9781872839127 is an anthology of Eric Hardy's writings in the Liverpool Daily Post organised month by month. Illustrated with copious maps, line drawings and photographs, the book will tell you where to go and what to see throughout the seasons .

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