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Bush Tucker Field Guide - Les Hiddins new softcover book

Major Leslie John (Les) Hiddins AM (born August 13, 1946 in Brisbane, Queensland), aka "The Bush Tucker Man", is a retired Australian Army soldier and war veteran, who is best known for his love of the Australian bush. Hiddins is recognised by his distinctively modified Akubra hat and big grin.

As a soldier with the Australian Army, Hiddins did two tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1968, the first as a forward scout in the infantry. In 1987 he was awarded a Defence Fellowship to research survival in northern Australia. This research turned into a hit TV series The Bush Tucker Man. The series involves Hiddins driving around in a Land Rover Defender 110 with his trademark hat, finding and describing native Australian bush food or "Bush Tucker". In 2000 Les published four books specifically for children: The Coral Coast, The Top End, The Tropical Rainforest, and The Living Desert. He has released two CD-ROMs, From the Rainforest to Cape York Peninsula and From Arnhem Land to the Kimberley Ranges. The Australian National Museum in Canberra has a Bush Tucker Man display with some of his original bush gear.

Hiddins was the principal author of the Australian Army's Combat Survival manual (1987) and was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987. He retired from the Army in 1989 with the rank of Major but continued to serve with the Army Reserve until 2001, working with Indigenous Australian communities in northern Australia. In 2008 Hiddins was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by James Cook University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Information Technology.

Today Hiddins is enjoying his retirement, still bringing the Aussie bush to others through re-runs globally of the Bush Tucker Man series. He is currently writing a new book on the Top End, and continuing his research into the early Dutch settlers of Australia.

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