Eric Ennion

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Eric Ennion
Eric Arnold Roberts Ennion

Alma materCaius College, Cambridge
  • Doctor
  • Author
  • Artist
  • Conservationist
Home townBurwell, Cambridgeshire
ChildrenHugh Ennion (artist)

Dr Eric Arnold Roberts Ennion (1900–1981) was a British artist, author,[1] illustrator, and radio presenter,[2] specialising in birds and other natural history subjects.

Following education at Epsom College[2] and Caius College, Cambridge[2] and training at St Mary's Hospital,[2] he worked for twenty years as a general practitioner at a large country practice in Burwell on the fen borders of Cambridge,[2] 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,[2] and from 1950, founder and director of the Monks' House Bird Observatory at Seahouses, Northumberland, which he wrote about in The House on the Shore.[2] Ennion was a founder member and Honorary Vice President of the Society of Wildlife Artists.

His son, Hugh, is also an accomplished artist.


  • Adventurers Fen, Methuen (1942) ASIN B000X8EB86
  • The British Bird Oxford University Press (1943)
  • The story of migration, G.G. Harrap (1947)
  • Life on the Sea Shore, Oxford University Press (1948)
  • East Anglia, Issue 6 of The new naturalist (1949)
  • The Lapwing, Methuen (1949)
  • Cambridgeshire Huntingdonshire and the Isle of Ely, Robert Hale (1951)
  • Field Study Books, (1952)
  • Ornithological report for Northumberland and Durham for 1956, Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne (1957)
  • Bird study in a garden: a book for bird watchers, Penguin (1958)
  • The House on the Shore: The Story of Monks' House Bird Observatory, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1960[3])
  • Birdwatching, Pelham (1963)
  • Tracks, 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


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  1. ^ See Publications
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ennion, Eric (1960). The House on the Shore: The Story of Monks' House Bird Observatory. Routledge and Kegan Paul.
  3. ^ The House on the Shore, publishers' errata slip

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