With great sadness, we have learned of the death of the distinguished naturalist Bryan Sage. He was a past President of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and, with the Revd. Tom Gladwin, co-founder in 1971 of the Herts Bird Club.
Bryan was an all round naturalist and, at various times between the late 1950s and early 1980s, the county recorder for birds, dragonflies and beetles. In 1964 he also became the first General Secretary of the Herts and Middlesex Trust for Nature Conservation, now the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
In his working life, he was employed by British Petroleum, initially in Iraq, but then in London, where he became their first professional ecologist. He travelled widely in this role, including an investigation of the wildlife along a proposed pipeline route in Alaska. He was also an expert organiser of overseas ornithological tours in days before the bird-travel industry took off.
Although he moved to Norfolk in the 1980s, Bryan remained in close touch with Hertfordshire friends and colleagues, and was an honoured guest this summer at the launch of Beetles of Hertfordshire by Trevor James, who succeeded him as Coleoptera recorder (see photograph). He gained national and international recognition for his ecology and conservation work and will be greatly missed.
Bryan's funeral is on Wednesday 19th December at 2.00 p.m. at St Nicholas Church, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. It will be followed by a gathering in the nearby Bowling Green Inn. Please email Trevor James if you plan to attend.