It is with great sadness that we heard that Geoff Williamson, a long standing volunteer for the Hawk and Owl Trust and founder member of our East Midlands Group passed away at the beginning of November. He was a inspirational part of the team and he will be very sadly missed by many of us who knew him.
Lin Murray went to the funeral on behalf of the Trust and to pay our respects to Geoff’s wonderful family.
‘I have never seen so many people squeezing into a crematorium. There were people from all eras of Geoff’s life, people who he had kept in touch with through the years. He made friends very easily and was a great guy to know. It was an emotional service and my heart goes out to his family. Geoff’s colleagues from the East Midland’s Group turned out in force as we said goodbye to a great raptor worker. Goodbye Geoff, it has been an absolute pleasure’.
Below are a few words from HOT colleague Roger Moses:
“I’ve not known Geoff very long, only about 7 years, since I started my stint on the Rutland Birdfair stand; good example of how the Birdfair gives the opportunity to link up far flung members. He was a willing volunteer, always good with the public, and a very likable man. After a couple of years we managed to persuade him to set up an East Midlands Group, which has been a great success, and as you know, makes Birdfair a lot easier to resource. He had been heavily involved in the Red Kite reintroduction in Rockingham Forest, Northants [see Geoff with two of the young kites below] and volunteered for both the RSPB and the Forestry Commission. We looked forward to his annual visits to the HOT Reserve on the Somerset Levels to exchange news and drink beer (poss the other way round). In spite of ill health, he did three day duty at the 2015 Birdfair at Rutland Water. I think I will carry the image of him on a tractor trailer, in his element in Kent at the Elmley Reserve Members Day in May 2015, with old friends and amongst the wild birds he loved so much [see image below]. He will be sadly missed. “
On Wednesday 8th July, the North Somerset and Bristol Group were part of the Countryside Day organised by the North Somerset Agricultural Society. Approximately 2,600 primary school children from Bristol and North Somerset attended the day and learned about different aspects of the journey their food takes from plough to plate. Pupils met a variety… Continue Reading
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The egg arrived at 0617 yesterday morning (19 March 2015). All is well, and historically the next egg is due in two days later. The parent birds will wait until all eggs are laid before they will start to incubate the clutch fully. They keep the first eggs warm and viable. Once the entire clutch… Continue Reading
The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as… Continue Reading
Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point Project Officer We need an enthusiastic, friendly and organised person with a good working knowledge of Peregrines and birds of prey although background information will be given. You must be able to manage a large team of volunteers of all ages and abilities. Full time: 18-week contract from March 16… Continue Reading
If you want to get involved with the work of the Hawk and Owl Trust via a local group and you live in the South Gloucestershire area then we have the perfect opportunity for you. We have lots of different tasks that we need help with from nest box monitoring and conservation work through to… Continue Reading
Young people visiting Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve this autumn half term can take part in a fun challenge which involves lots of things to do and look out for on the reserve. Children need to collect their Reserve Rangers card from the visitor centre the first time they visit and bring it with them each time… Continue Reading
The Friends of Sculthorpe Moor 300 Club is a lottery draw that raises funds for the conservation and educational work on the Reserve. There are four draws a year, the latest of which took place on Friday 12 September. With 172 tickets in the draw, the prize fund was £645. 1st prize £322.50, to Mrs.… Continue Reading
A Better Season for Somerset/North Somerset Kestrels A mild (If wet!) winter and a warm spring and summer resulted in a record number of kestrels using our Somerset boxes on the A370 and A38 The number of kestrel pairs using our boxes took a dip in 2013 due to the cold weather. We were determined… Continue Reading