BRIAN John Herridge was born at the family home in Bramley, Hampshire, on December 1, 1946 to Horace (Hobby) and Iris (Bet) Herridge.
He grew up with his younger sister Susan and his grandfather Joseph.
The family lived a rural lifestyle and John, the name by which he was known to everyone, developed a love of the natural world.
Throughout his life he was always eager to share the names of flora and fauna and to point out the first signs of spring.
A talented artist, he attended Winchester Art School and went on to complete a signwriting apprenticeship.