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Old Saturday 28th April 2012, 22:12   #10226
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The passing of AFJ is surely the end of an era. Nobody else could trace their close association to UW back to the 1940's (or before). An enduring mentor for many of us. RIP.
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Old Saturday 28th April 2012, 23:06   #10227
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It was always a pleasure to meet Arthur at Upton; he was unfailingly cheerful, ever ready to share his knowledge and his fascinating memories of Upton over the years. He was kind and generous in helping this novice to identify any unfamiliar bird. He will be much missed.

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Old Saturday 28th April 2012, 23:06   #10228
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I want to endorse what John, Phil and Dave have said and hope that Arthur gets the 'Upton Warren' tribute he deserves. Like John and many others, I knew Arthur for 30 years and his familiar presence on the reserve will be sadly missed.



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Old Saturday 28th April 2012, 23:15   #10229
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It is sad to think that we will no longer see Arthur at Upton Warren again. I do hope that the trust will pay some sort of tribute to a man who put a lot of time into making the reserve the special place it is. RIP Arthur.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 07:40   #10230
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I concur with all that has been said about Arthur, whilst I did not know him very long what I did know of him is that he was always prepared to give a novice like me advice. He showed me my first ever stonechat (something I will be forever grateful for).

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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 08:28   #10231
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A visit to Upton Warren was made even more pleasurable if Arthur was around. Always willing to offer advice and share his knowledge. He will be sadly missed.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 08:46   #10232
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The responses to the sad news of Arthurs death is a fitting tribute to the impact he had on Upton Warren as a nature reserve. From my first visits and work parties in the Seventies Arthur enriched every regular birders visits. He will be missed but has left a history for us to build upon at the Mecca in the Midlands.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 08:51   #10233
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A true gent god bless him
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 09:41   #10234
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a sad loss of a good old boy R.I.P.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 09:47   #10235
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a few shots from yesterday

couple of long shots of the owl and a couple of the swallows
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 09:57   #10236
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the otter

3 distant pics from last week
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 09:59   #10237
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Arthur was a true gentleman and will be badly missed. He would always smile and was always pleased to see me and to chat. RIP
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 11:10   #10238
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Arthur. I am sure I have met and spoke with him, but I have problems with remembering names. Anyone got a photo they could post?
On the same topic, what about a rogues gallery, so we could put faces to avatars? Or is there one I am not aware of.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 11:44   #10239
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I want to endorse what John, Phil and Dave have said and hope that Arthur gets the 'Upton Warren' tribute he deserves. Like John and many others, I knew Arthur for 30 years and his familiar presence on the reserve will be sadly missed.Des.
It'll be (in fact has been) odd not seeing him around on Saturday and Sunday mornings. RIP.

How about naming the new Moors hide the Jacobs Hide, Arthur Jacobs Hide or AFJ Hide?

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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 13:08   #10240
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Arthur

I remember him walking along in front of me, showing me where the path was, when the Flashes were flooded one year. I'll miss him and his ever cheerful nature.

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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 13:29   #10241
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As others have said before, it will be sad to visit Upton without having a quick chat with Arthur,I first met in the late 70s on the W.M.B.C. field trips and he was a great help in identifying many new birds to me at that time. God Bless.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 13:45   #10242
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It'll be (in fact has been) odd not seeing him around on Saturday and Sunday mornings. RIP.

How about naming the new Moors hide the Jacobs Hide, Arthur Jacobs Hide or AFJ Hide?

Mike
That's a top idea Mike, what a great way for his name to carry on. Get's my vote
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 13:54   #10243
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We had a little friend sitting next to us in the east hide today.....
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 13:57   #10244
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And some of his mates were resting on the ledge below.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 14:02   #10245
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We had a little friend sitting next to us in the east hide today.....
Looks like a newly arrived migrant in trouble, struggling to find food (insects) in this present period of bad weather.

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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 14:06   #10246
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A much less cheerful sight was the state of the Avocet Hide - the roof needs some attention as it appears to be coming off along the left hand side. Both ends of the hide leak like a seive as do the windows
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 14:19   #10247
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We had a little friend sitting next to us in the east hide today.....
Crofty had a swift yesterday..maybe a hide list is in order.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 14:25   #10248
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A much less cheerful sight was the state of the Avocet Hide - the roof needs some attention as it appears to be coming off along the left hand side. Both ends of the hide leak like a seive as do the windows
Its not like you didn't warn them Dave.
We will have to ensure that if the new Moors hide has Arthur's name attached, then it has to be a solid structure befitting of his name.
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The grebe doesn't look too concerned. good record. Your SE owl are great, Phil will be interested.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 15:44   #10250
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Its not like you didn't warn them Dave.
We will have to ensure that if the new Moors hide has Arthur's name attached, then it has to be a solid structure befitting of his name.
We had Helen Woodman (think that's her name) give us a lecture (I think that's what it was called ) a few weeks ago at uni. Afterwards I grilled on her the disgrace of a hide that now stands on the flashes and she assured me the new moors hide is being built by a reputable company, the name of which escapes me.

I think she said they are from Norfolk?
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