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Fond tirbutes paid to author of Heath bird report

PUBLISHED: 08:28 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010

FRIENDS have paid tribute to one of Hampstead s original bird enthusiasts and a former Ham&High contributor, who has died. Geoffrey Taylor, who lived for many years in Heath Street, was the official birdwatcher for the Heath and dutifully produced the com

FRIENDS have paid tribute to one of Hampstead's original bird enthusiasts and a former Ham&High contributor, who has died.

Geoffrey Taylor, who lived for many years in Heath Street, was the official birdwatcher for the Heath and dutifully produced the comprehensive Heath Bird Report every year during his time in office.

His friend Les Willis often accompanied him and his wife Jean, who has also died, on walks around the Heath to try and catch a glimpse or sound of the wildlife there.

He said: "He was a fine chap and a true Hampstead man. He was very active and very keen on nature - he knew all the bird calls and could tell you what something was even before you saw it.

"He kept the report going for many years during his office as a bird watcher on Hampstead Heath. His dedication did much to improve people's understanding of the Heath's wildlife and for that we can say a great big thank you."

After Mr Taylor moved to Surrey with his wife, he continued to edit the bird report for his successor Kate Springett.


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