Many of you will know Gordon and count him as a good friend, so it with much sadness that I pass on this announcement from the RSPB North Kent Marshes team:
Gordon Allison RSPB
It is with deep sadness that we must announce the death of Gordon Allison, warden of Elmley Marshes reserve, who passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday February 5th. His family has been informed and our thoughts and our support are with them at this very difficult time.
Gordon’s career with the RSPB began in 1991 and he has worked at a number of reserves across the country, but Elmley was always a special place for him. Alan Johnson, the reserves manager for Kent said, “The care and dedication he put in to managing the habitat on the reserve was a reflection of his enthusiasm and concern for wildlife. Gordon was a renowned birder and a rare source of knowledge of the distribution and movements of birds in Kent but also travelled widely, particularly to the Indian sub-continent. He was an active member of the Kent Ornithological Society, chairing the Conservation & Surveys Committee.
Gordon was also marvelous company; he was a gentle soul with a dry sense of humour. He had a range of interests that often focused on the quirky and obscure. He wrestled with the Identification of large gull plumages, he went to concerts to listen to bands that no one else had heard of and he supported the equally obscure Glaswegian football team Queens Park.
A person of rare quality who will be greatly missed.”
Gordon’s sister has posted a comment on Rainham’s blog, where Howard Vaughan had paid his respects. I thought you’d like to see it as her words are deeply moving and there’s also comment from Gill of FoNKM.