John Burton, who died in May 2022 at the age of 78, was a self-made, highly respected naturalist and conservation campaigner who fought relentlessly for the protection of all wildlife. His commitment was total, the likes of which one rarely sees.

I first met him in 1960 when he came hotfooted from Beddington Sewage Farm to see a Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti at Selsey Bill, Sussex. It

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