BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Welcome - Sheena Har­vey Editor sheena.har­vey@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

It was with great sad­ness re­cently I learned of the death of one of our con­trib­u­tors, Ray Col­lier. Al­though he was born in Glouces­ter­shire, Ray fell in love with Scot­land when he worked there for the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy Coun­cil in the 1960s. He ended his days near In­ver­ness, in a house on the side of Strath­nairn where bad­gers visit nightly and man­darin ducks nest in the large gar­den pond he cre­ated. His at­ti­tude to the man­darins sums up Ray. Rather than dis­miss them as non-na­tives he loved their beauty and was in­trigued by their spread in Scot­land. Al­though se­ri­ous when he talked of chal­lenges fac­ing con­ser­va­tion, he was also full of anec­dotes about na­ture that bright­ened many a phone call. His fas­ci­na­tion with wildlife was in­spir­ing. His knowl­edge of animal be­hav­iour, folk­lore, his­tory and lit­er­a­ture was en­vi­able. We need more peo­ple like Ray to fly the flag for our wildlife with their passion.

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