John Wright 1943-2014
Raised So Far: £1480.00
John Wright, who was Chairman of the Isle of Purbeck Group of Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), died in September 2014. John loved wildlife.
He worked as a biologist at the River Lab on the Frome for many years. He led a group which developed a methodology for measuring river water quality that is used around the world.
John was a volunteer warden for our former Trigon nature reserve until the early 1990s when the reserve was handed back to the landowner. John then chaired a 'local reserve committee' to care for Coombe Heath in 1993. When LRCs gradually disbanded, John maintained an interest in Coombe Heath until the lease ended in 2013.
In retirement he did monthly surveys of species on a number of the Trusts's reserves. At one stage he was monitoring birds, plants, and insects on Higher Hyde, Winfrith, Tadnoll, Kilwood, and Stonehill. What amazing dedication!. John became a real fount of information on the local flora and fauna, and the value of his records will extend to future generations.
John often led walks in summer on the reserves which were enjoyed by many of us. And he also contributed items for the Trust's website, as well as giving a number of talks for the DWT Langton meetings as well as for other clubs in the area which drew on his wide collection of pictures taken while out.
John was a true gentleman in the very best sense of the word. He was a meticulous person and enjoyed his recording activities.
And in his memory we are raising funds for DWT monitoring and recording projects.
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