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“I think this site is very interesting and is a great thing to do I am sure Don  would be proud” - email from Natalie Bunyan

We have included Don’s notes exactly as he wrote them as reminders for when he was giving slideshows to various bodies. We know that he expanded on these, but we wish to remain true to the original documentation.


Don and dogs

Don Burton lived in Winteringham
most of his life.  He was a metallurgist
who worked in Scunthorpe, and he was the village cricket team captain and wicket keeper, a local historian of repute, a churchwarden, a school governor, a ‘special constable’ and
a remarkable naturalist
who shared his love of the environment and everything in it with people near and far,
including his guided tours of Elsham Hall.


 Don and school party
He took many slides of plants
 and animals, and
we are privileged to be able
to bring these, together with his notes on the subject,
to you through this website,
as a tribute to his life and work.

 We are sure that they will give continued pleasure, enjoyment and understanding.

Don’s favourite poem, which is very apt for his site:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies

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