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A tribute to Andrew Watson

posted 19 Jan 2013, 04:56 by Mark Rose
Many will be sad to learn of the death of the remarkable bat conservationist Andrew Watson on Tuesday 8 January, age 94. Andrew Watson was secretary of the Mammal Society Bat Group in the 1960s and was a true pioneer, whose many achievements include encouraging an electronics company to produce the first commercial bat detector, nurturing a life-long interest in bats in a generation, and encouraging the formation of bat groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s, establishing at least two personally. Those who had the privilege to meet him will know that he was fascinating, entertaining and passionate about bats right into his nineties and his death has led to many fond memories being shared in the past week. A short tribute to Andrew Watson can be found on the BCT website His family have told BCT that they would love to hear your personal memories, and we can pass these on.

Andrew’s funeral will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 22 January at St John the Evangelist Church, London Road, Hook RG27 9EG, with refreshments after in the church hall. All are welcome and Andrew’s family, including daughters Sylvia and Nina and wife Mary, would be delighted to see bat people. Andrew requested donations be to the Kohima Educational Trust, in thanks to the Kohima people, where Andrew served in the war.