He was a member of the RSPB's council in the 1950s and 1960s, chairing its finance and general purposes committee. During that time, he persuaded the organisation to move from London to its current headquarters at The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire. Using his own money to facilitate the transaction he was, for one day, owner of the Lodge.
He was Secretary and Chairman of the West Midland Bird Club from 1953–1975 and its president from 1975-1999.
He was the instigator of the Bardsey Bird and Field Observatory.
He was the youngest member of the British Ornithologists' Union.
He was an accomplished archer.
In 1940, he married Cicely Hurcomb, daughter of Lord Hurcomb, and they had two daughters.
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- — (1951). The Birds of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire. RSPB Occasional Publication 17. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. p. 16.
- — (1951). West Midland Bird Distribution Survey. West Midland Bird Club. Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. (published for private circulation)
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