Absent Friends

Stuart Devonald at St Ishamels

Stuart Devonald at St Ishamels

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales stands on the shoulders of giants, so many incredible people have built the Trust to the position it is in today; many were visionaries about what was the right thing to do for nature, well before anyone else.

We have started to gather their many stories, sadly these are people who have passed away but this page is to remember their work and passion.

We will be gathering many more stories from local groups and volunteers.

  • A tribute to Jennifer John – Bridgend Local GroupA tribute to Jennifer John - Bridgend Local Group
    Members of the Bridgend Group were greatly shocked to learn of the sudden death of Jennifer John on 23rd July. Jen – as she always preferred to be known – had been an active and enthusiastic member of the Group for many years. In particular, she took on the demanding role of Programme Secretary, and ...
  • Graham Rees (GHR) “Mr Strumble” – a personal tributeGraham Rees (GHR) “Mr Strumble” – a personal tribute
    It is with great sadness to learn that Graham Rees or “Mr Strumble” has passed away. This article is a celebration of his life and commitment to ornithology in Wales. Today, we hear tribute from Cliff Benson and the Pembrokeshire Bird Group committee. Oh yes, he was Mr Strumble, but he was so much more…In ...
  • In Memory of Margaret Perring 1933 – 2020
    Margaret Perring (nee Barrow), who was a loyal member of the Wildlife Trust, sadly died at the beginning of April. Margaret was born in Maesteg on 14th May 1933 and was head girl at Maesteg Grammar School before going on to read Biology at Leeds University.  Here she developed an interest in botany and after several ...
  • Remembering Wilf Nelson – Nature’s HeroRemembering Wilf Nelson – Nature’s Hero
    A true champion of nature conservation – Wilf Nelson – will be fondly remembered by the Trust’s long standing members, on the 30th anniversary of his untimely death on a Scottish island where he was part of a project to reintroduce the white tailed eagle to its ancestral home in the UK. Wilf who left South ...
  • In Memory of Absent FriendsIn Memory of Absent Friends
    Professor Robert James (Sam) Berry (1934 – 2018) Dr Tim Healing It is with great sadness that we report the death of Professor Sam Berry. Sam was Professor of Genetics at the University of London from 1974 until his retirement in 2000 (and subsequently Emeritus Professor). He was, at various times, a member of the councils of the ...
  • Nikki AndersonNikki Anderson
    Many people will have been saddened to hear of the untimely death in March of former Trustee, Nikki Anderson, at the comparatively early age of 69. She was a dedicated and enthusiastic worker for wildlife and conservation and had supported the Wildlife Trust under its various names for over 30 years. Living in Pembrokeshire, she joined ...
  • Colin MoggColin Mogg
    The Trust was saddened to hear of the death of Colin Mogg who passed away on 20th December 2014. Colin was a Chairman of Glamorgan Wildlife Trust (GWT) from 1997 to 1999 and many of our long standing members from that time will have known him. As well as being Chairman of GWT he was also involved ...
  • Derek Moore a Brilliant Bird BrainDerek Moore a Brilliant Bird Brain
    It is with great sadness that we report the death of Derek Moore OBE, late last week. Derek Moore wrote his autobiography last year and the best way to start with this obituary is to quote two well-known figures who wrote forewords: “To me Derek has been a minder, a mentor and a mate. I am ...
  • Dr Mary Gillham MBEDr Mary Gillham MBE
    Dr Mary Gillham was well known at the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, her long involvement with the Trust spanned its many name changes and nearly forty years. Mary even celebrated her 80th birthday with ourselves at the Parc Slip Visitor Centre. Cardiff Naturalists and ourselves were able to organise a lovely surprise ...
  • Geoffrey Matthews, OBEGeoffrey Matthews, OBE
    Geoffrey Matthews, who died on 21st January 2013, was an ornithologist of international renown, eminent scientist and a pioneer of wetland and waterbird conservation. Educated in Cambridge, he was selected by his tutor for Operational Research in the RAF, serving during the war in south east Asia. The challenges of navigating planes during the war ...
  • Stuart Devonald – a dear friendStuart Devonald - a dear friend
    We were deeply saddened to learn this month of the loss of one of our great friends, Pembrokeshire volunteer and birder of many decades, Stuart Devonald. With the passing of Stuart Devonald, Pembrokeshire has lost an observer with more years of field time than any other, all of which he put to effective use accumulating the ...
  • Tribute to Jack W Donovan MBE 1928-2012Tribute to Jack W Donovan MBE 1928-2012
    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jack Donovan MBE, former member, Chairman and Vice President of the Wildlife Trust in West Wales, at the age of 84. After moving to the county in 1958, Jack joined the ‘West Wales Field Society’ soon afterwards. He became county bird recorder in 1961 and, ...