Dr Jim Flegg is an Imperial College zoology graduate, and spent much of his professional life at East Malling Research Station working on plant parasitic nematodes, particularly those transmitting virus diseases in fruit crops and hops. He took a mid-career break converting an engrossing hobby to a job working as Director of the British Trust for Ornithology, the prime organisation researching bird numbers, distribution and ecology and responsible for bird ringing. Returning to East Malling, he became Head of the Zoology Department and then Head of Station. After retirement, he maintained his soft fruit interests as Chairman of Meiosis Ltd. He was appointed OBE in 1997 for his services to horticulture and received the KCAS President’s Award in 2003 for his efforts in bringing together all those with interests in the rural environment. He is the author of numerous scientific articles, several books and has been a familiar face on Meridian TV as presenter of the long running series Country Ways.