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Welcome to the GRC Recorders pages. This blog provides details on all the relevant news of Glamorgan’s scarcer birds, plus all BBRC & WRP decisions that affect us locally. It will also be used to document the status and occurrence of these scarcer species and we welcome contributions from anyone with photographs, artwork or documentation of rarities past, present and future. The GRC also welcomes all seawatching news from around Glamorgan and news of passage migrants in spring & autumn, uncommon birds in our area and unusual behaviour.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sad News

Some very sad news this morning that Maurice Chown has passed away peacefully at Holme Towers. He had been unwell for sometime but only recently went into hospice care. Maurice was a Cardiff birder of long standing, his name has been in the annual bird report since 1972. In his time he has been a member of the local rarities committee and the local bird groups. Anyone who knew Maurice liked him, he was a really genuine guy. He knew his birds and always enjoyed a pint or two with others, whether in Cardiff or away birding. He shall be missed by all of Glamorgan's birders and many more from outside the county. RIP.
The funeral arrangements are at Thornhill Crematorium at 12.00 Monday 1/06/15. Followed by a reception at the Ffynnon Wen, Thornhill. His sister says that all his friends are welcome.


RGS said...

Very sad indeed. Maurice was always smiling, took his birding very seriously and when I last saw him at the Little Bunting although he was frail he was coming to terms with the realisation that his next trip would be rather a modest one by his previous globetrotting standards. Sad he has gone but glad he did not suffer too long.

Paul Parsons said...

Sad news, I only met him a few times but he seemed like a very nice chap.

W Strong said...

Very sorry to hear Maurice has passed away. It was always a pleasure to be in his company, he was a real gentleman.