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Eric Ennion : biography

1900 - 1981

Dr. Eric Arnold Roberts Ennion (1900–1981) was a British artist, author,See Publications illustrator, and radio presenter, specialising in birds and other natural history subjects.

Ennion was a founder member and Honorary Vice President of the Society of Wildlife Artists.

Following education at Epsom College and Caius College, Cambridge and training at St Mary's Hospital, he worked for 20 years as a general practitioner at a large country practice in Burwell on the fen borders of Cambridge, where he had spent his childhood. A career change in 1945 saw him become warden at the Field Studies Council's Flatford Mill Field Centre, and from 1950, founder and director of the Monks' House Bird Observatory in Northumberland, which he wrote about in The House on the Shore.

His son, Hugh is also an accomplished artist.


  • Adventurers Fen, Methuen (1942) ASIN B000X8EB86
  • The British Bird Oxford University Press (1943)
  • , G.G. Harrap (1947)
  • Life on the Sea Shore, Oxford University Press (1948)
  • , Issue 6 of The new naturalist (1949)
  • The Lapwing, Methuen (1949)
  • , Robert Hale (1951)
  • , (1952)
  • , Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne (1957)
  • , Penguin (1958)
  • The House on the Shore: The Story of Monks' House Bird Observatory, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1960The House on the Shore, publishers' errata slip)
  • Birdwatching, Pelham (1963)
  • , Clarendon (1967)
  • The Clue Book BIRDS Oxford University Press (1968 - reprinted with corrections 1970, 1973)
  • Birds and Seasons (introduction by Bob Walthew) Arlequin Press (1994) ISBN 0-9522019-2-5
  • The Living Birds of Eric Ennion ( Victor Gollancz Ltd, London 1982 ISBN 0-575-03157-3


  • Eric Ennion: A Life of Birds by Bob Walthew; introduction by Robert Gillmor, The Wildlife Art Gallery (2003) ISBN 0-9526236-5-X
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