William Moreton Condry

William Moreton Condry (1918 – 1998) was a naturalist who was born in Birmingham and earned degrees from the University of Birmingham, in French, from the University of London, in Latin, and from Aberystwyth University, in history.  A conscientious objector in WWII and in 1946 became warden for West Wales Field Society, Mid Wales, a post he held until 1956.  He also edited their journal, Field Notes.  He was warden at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’s Ynys-hir reserve from its inception in 1969.  Condry was one of the main forces in the preservation of the red kite in Wales. He wrote many guides and nature books, including two volumes in Collins’ New Naturalist series, Snowdonia National Park (1966) and The Natural History of Wales (1984). Pathway to the Wild (1975) and Wildlife My Life (1995) are autobiographical.  He wrote for The Guardian and appeared on several BBC Radio programmes.


  • Thoreau. Witherby. 1954.
  • Snowdonia National Park. Collins. 1966.
  • Birds and Wild Africa. 1967.
  • Exploring Wales. Faber & Faber. 1972
  • Countryside Birds. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. 1972.
  • Pathway to the Wild. Faber & Faber. 1975.
  • World of a Mountain. Faber & Faber. 1977.
  • The Natural History of Wales. Collins. 1982.
  • Snowdonia. David and Charles. 1987.
  • Wales. 1991.
  • Welsh Country Diary. 1993.
  • Wildlife in our Welsh Parish. Egwlys Fach Womens Institute. 1993.
  • Wildlife, My Life. 1995.
  • Welsh Country Essays. 1996.
  • Wild Flower Safari: The Life of Mary Richards. 1998.
  • Heart of the Country: A Photographic Diary of Wales. 1998.
  • A William Condry Reader. 2015. 

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