We are very sorry to report the death this week of Brian Sawford, former keeper of the natural history collections at North Hertfordshire Museum and author of The Butterflies of Hertfordshire (1987) and Wildflower Habitats of Hertfordshire (1990)

Like his sometime colleague at the museum, Trevor James (who also sadly died this year), Brian was an all-round naturalist. He was a long-time contributor to the systematic lists in the Herts Bird Report and was HNHS President at the time of the Millennium. His highly-praised butterfly book remained the 'go-to' work for county enthusiasts for 30 years after its publication.

Our sincere sympathy goes to Terri, his wife of 40 years.

She has set up a page for donations to Butterfly Conservation in Brian's memory:

Photo, taken by Trevor James in 1983, shows Brian at Oughtonhead Common