Lancashire's Rob Jones discusses his love of pin badges in issue 27 of Beyond the Boundaries.

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“I’ve probably been collecting pin badges for about four or five years now. I can go a few months without buying one, but then I’ll always go back.

“I mainly focus on badges featuring Britain’s 250 native bird species. I’ve always loved being in the countryside, looking at nature. I often take my binoculars and bird book out with me.

“I’m a member of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) and go birdwatching quite a bit. I really love visiting Wales, especially north Wales, and I have some pins with Welsh place names on.

“In total I have 80 badges, 60 of which feature birds. They are currently stored in a bag in my bedroom. But the plan is to buy a nice walking hat to display them on.

“In 2019 the collection became something of a lucky charm for Lancashire, especially during the latter stages of that season’s Royal London One-Day Cup competition. I would pin a different badge to my hat every game. The lads would always ask what bird I had on and would take the mick out of me a bit. It’s just a little bit of fun, isn’t it?

“I’ve got about another 200 bird badges to go, but I reckon I’m committed now. I’ve just got to keep collecting until I’ve got them all!”

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