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Eric Arthur Simms, [[Distinguished Flying Cross (United Kingdom)|DFC]] (August 24, 1921 — March 1, 2009) was an English ornithologist, naturalist, writer, broadcaster and conservationist, as well as a decorated wartime Bomber Command bomb-aimer.

He was born on 24 August 1921, the youngest of three brothers, in 1921 in London, where his father was head gardener at the private gardens in Ladbroke Square.

He won a scholarship to Latymer Upper School and in 1939 began to read history at Merton College, Oxford, where he also took up bird ringing and joined the University Air Squadron, and, without completing his studies, was sent for aircrew training in Canada and the United States in 1941. He was called up, joining the Royal Air Force in 1941 and by 1943 Leading Aircraftman, and was then commissioned as a pilot officer on probation in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on 19 March 1943, serving as a bomb aimer and second pilot in Lancaster bombers, in which he flew 27 raids over Germany. On 14 November 1944 he was awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, the citation praising his "skill and determination which have been an inspiration to the crews with which he flies" and a "complete disregard for danger in the face of the heaviest enemy defences".

After demobilisation, he worked as a teacher in Warwickshire, and served on the research committee of the West Midland Bird Club.

He then worked for the BBC, initially as a wildlife sound recordist, before making more than 7,000 radio broadcasts and hundreds of television appearances. He was a passionate believer in bringing natural history to a wider audience, and was a resident naturalist at the BBC. He is credited with starting the Countryside radio programme in 1952. As a guest on Desert Island Discs in 1976, one of his eight choices was a recording of a blackbird he had made near his London home.

Simms also appeared in Sir John Betjeman's 1973 TV documentary Metro-land, about the Metropolitan Railway line running northwest out of London. He was featured birdwatching in Gladstone Park, near to his home in Dollis Hill.

In 1980 he and his wife Thelma (who was Section Officer Thelma Jackson, WAAF, when they married) retired to South Witham, near Grantham, Lincolnshire. He died on 1 March 2009. Thelma had died in 2001. They had a daughter and a son, Amanda and David, and four granddaughters.

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Total Books: 15
The Song Thrush
1999 - The Song Thrush (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780747800231
ISBN-10: 0747800235
Genre: Outdoors & Nature
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Larks Pipits and Wagtails
1992 - Larks Pipits and Wagtails [Collins New Naturalist] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780002198707
ISBN-10: 0002198703
Genre: Science & Math
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Larks Pipits and Wagtails
1992 - Larks Pipits and Wagtails [Collins New Naturalist] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780002198714
ISBN-10: 0002198711
Genre: Science & Math
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Woodland Birds
1990 - Woodland Birds (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781870630191
ISBN-10: 187063019X
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British Warblers
1985 - British Warblers [New Naturalist S] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780002198103
ISBN-10: 000219810X
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Natural History of Britain and Ireland
1979 - Natural History of Britain and Ireland (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780460043724
ISBN-10: 0460043722
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The Public Life of the Street Pigeon
1979 - The Public Life of the Street Pigeon (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780091331504
ISBN-10: 0091331501
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Woodland birds
Woodland Birds [The New naturalist] (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780002132596
ISBN-10: 0002132591
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Birds of town and suburb
Birds of Town and Suburb (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780002191265
ISBN-10: 0002191261
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British Warblers
British Warblers [New Naturalist] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780002194044
ISBN-10: 000219404X
Genre: Outdoors & Nature
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British thrushes
British Thrushes [The New naturalist, a survey of British natural history] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780002196703
ISBN-10: 0002196700
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Birds of the air The autobiography of a naturalist and broadcaster
Wildlife sounds and their recording
Wildlife Sounds and Their Recording (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780236401345
ISBN-10: 0236401343
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Natural History of British Birds
Natural History of British Birds (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780460044691
ISBN-10: 0460044699
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A year's journey BBC television for schools
A Year's Journey Bbc Television for Schools (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780563086444
ISBN-10: 0563086440
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