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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Steve Moon

It is with very great sadness that I have just learned that Steve Moon passed away this morning. I have no other details.  He did a great deal for birding in our county and will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences go out to Madeleine and his family.


David Gilmore said...

This is very sad news indeed. Steve did a great deal of good work in this county, not only birding but on a whole range of environmental issues. He came to Glamorgan in the mid 1970s from Bristol to become Warden for Kenfig. He was County Recorder from 1991 to his retirement in 2004. He also became the Bridgend County Ecologist until he became unwell. Many, like myself, saw Steve for the last at the Bobolink twitch - he still is the County's leading lister. On a personal note, Steve was my mentor at Kenfig when I was there on a placement in 1990 and it was he who prompted me into looking at moths on the reserve. A study which came to fruition with the Moths of Glamorgan. Steve was the driving force behind that publication and the starting of the Glamorgan Bird Club in 1998/89. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
My sincere condolences go to Madeleine & David his son.

Mark Hipkin said...

Very sad news. I liked Steve a great deal - some of my fondest memories include when I was on work experience from school. He allowed me an afternoon seawtaching from Sker, when loads of terns passed including some Littles.. Other duties included checking the pool and we had to go over to check Eglwys Nunydd each morning in case something turned up with the Little Stints that were there. His record speaks for itself - great birder and great loss to the area.
My heartfelt condolences to his family & friends.

Seymour said...

I first met Steve at Kenfig in 1982 and, like Jake, last saw him at the Egwlys Bobolink. We've all lost a friend and great contributor to the Natural History of Glamorgan.
Such an awful condition for him to suffer. My thoughts are with his family.

Peter J Morgan said...

Peter J Morgan
Steve was the mainstay of the Kenfig Ringing Group from 1978 when I first met him and the late Wilf Nelson. Later joined by the late Dave Bull major contributions to ringing and training in Glamorgan were made by him through the BTO ringing courses he organised and the many trainees he took on.This was in addition to his many other duties involved in running the reserve. His legacy continues under Dave Carrington and others with the CES scheme. Much more could be said,good times were many, a sad loss, thinking of Madeleine and David,

Paul Parsons said...

Very sad news. Steve was very likeable and we always used to call into Kenfig centre to check with him if there was anything about when i started birding in the early 90's. Like Jake, i spent many evenings moth trapping with Steve at Kenfig and other sites. He will be missed and remembered by many.

Barry Stewart said...

Steve had many admirable qualities, but his enthusiasm and friendliness are two that first come to mind. He saw some great Glamorgan birds during his time and his name will be indelibly etched in birding folklore for sure. A very sad loss.

Dave A said...

Only just picked up on this very sad news. I knew Steve from birding circles of course but also professionally back in the days when I worked for the Environment Agency and he for Bridgend CBC. A great loss. Condolences from those that knew him in Pembrokeshire.