He has also had a lifelong interest in ornithology, having joined the Rochester and District Natural History Society as a junior member. As an ornithologist, he has become well-known, having become president of Kent Ornithological Society in 1977, and is a former Director of the British Trust for Ornithology. He was a national household name because of his role as a presenter on the Coastal Ways and Country Ways television programmes.
Among the books Flegg has authored are the Photographic Field Guide: Birds of Australia, and a number of books designed to interest children in living things from an early age.
- National Fruit Show Judges – Dr Jim Flegg, accessed 20-03-14
- "RECORDS OF THE ROCHESTER AND DISTRICT NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY 1879 – 2002". Retrieved 2008-08-06.
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