Another chapter in a lifelong passion

Just Regional
Jan 29, 2021 3 mins read

A lifelong passion for birds has led a former Sheringham GP to write a book looking back on 70 years spent watching and enjoying our feathered friends.
Moss Taylor has taken his newspaper and magazine columns and merged them with anecdotes and records to produce My Birding Life, his 10th book, which is being sold to help a charity that’s dear to his heart.
The book has been well-received in ornithology circles and he is delighted with it.
“I had written many books about birds, but I realised I hadn’t talked about my birding life which has been my main interest for 70 years,” he said. “I started when I was seven and it’s been my passion ever since.”
In that time he has had more than 850 articles published in local papers and national birding magazines and has published books including The Birds of Sheringham, The Birds of Norfolk (with Michael Seago, Don Dorling and Peter Allard) and Rare and Scarce Birds in North-East Norfolk.
And while Norfolk has his heart, he has travelled extensively in the pursuit of his hobby.
“I have travelled to more than 50 countries on birding trips,” he said. “I used to lead trips for birdwatching and also lectured on cruise ships for many years.”
This avenue was closed off after a particularly terrible voyage which has a whole chapter of its own.

“The book is unusual in that there are excerpts from my columns in birding journals and scientific magazines,” said Moss, who retired from general practice 25 ago.
“I just wanted to open up my articles to a wider audience and look back on my experiences.”
Another chapter is dedicated to Weybourne, which he calls “my spiritual home”. He has daily visits to Weybourne Camp where he has set up and tended a reserve over the last 48 years.
“I have planted more than 2,000 trees and scrapes and we have big plans to plant 25 hectares of flower meadows.” He also helps care for a flock of sheep which roam the area.

While not studying birds – he has spotted more than 150 species in his garden, many of them rare visitors – he enjoys reading and watching Norwich City Football Club, where he used to be deputy medical officer for the Canaries.
So even without his binoculars, birds are never far from his thoughts.

All profits from the sale of the book will be going to the charity Love for Leo, which was set up by Moss and his partner, Robina Churchyard, to finance equipment and treatment for children with cerebral palsy in Norfolk and Suffolk that is not usually available on the NHS.
During lockdown, copies of the book can be bought by calling 01263 823637 or emailing A copy collected from his home costs £18 or you can have one posted for £20.

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