Apologies for not responding but have been plenty busy
lately. Not least involved in an EIFAC Symposium 13-17th June in
Mondsee, Austria with Ian Cowx - who I had not seen since we left
Liverpool (though we send Xmas cards each year)!! Stayed on for a couple
of days fishing, though it was abortive cos I had a bad back.
Anyway, as you will know I have not made it to IoM. I did
make it there in March 2005, for the first time since the Marine unit
course. I was advising IoM government on fish pass design for some of
the obstructions on their rivers. I am the National Fish Pass Officer
(expert?) for the Environment Agency (England & Wales) these days,
having moved (down-sized) to this technical specialist job some 8 years
ago. Previously, spent some 23 years living in South Oxfordshire and
working mostly in Reading for Thames Water, National Rivers Authority,
and then Environment Agency (all former guises/predecessors of existing
EA as it has evolved). Worked for John Banks for most of it until he
took early retirement. Various team leader jobs of Area team, then
science, then Regional fisheries team. Interest in fish passes developed
from managing Thames Salmon Rehabilitation programme (part of
resposibilities for several years towards end of 'management' career).
Trust that those of you who make it enjoy IoM.
Greg in his sober student days!
with Graham & Dave Scutter
Married to Marian (for 29 years in early August). Two dogs
(munsterlanders), no kids but assorted wildlife supported! Live now near
the coast in Manorbier, Nr Tenby, Pembrokeshire - a lovely part of the
world, still unspoilt, plenty of coastal walks, island bird sanctuaries,
wildlife etc - in fact we recycle organic waste through the badgers &
foxes every night! We have a couple of holiday lets (annexe on house,
and 3-bed cottage) to help keep the wolf from the door. You can see
details on the Welsh Tourist Board site www.visitwales.com - search on
Manorbier, Swallows and/or Dovecote. Or www.visitpembrokeshire.co.uk Can
So far as Liverpool folk go I see Alan Butterworth regularly,
Steve Colclough from time to time, am still in contact with John Banks.
Exchange xmas cards with Claire Benyon (since reunion for the Prof
leaving). Have not seen Dave Scutter for years, but so far as I know he
still works for Welsh Water managing reservoir sites in Wales. Paul
Johnson is at Bush Mills, Ireland I believe. Have met Graham Harris very
occasionally. Have not seen Kevin O'Grady for a while, Ian knows him
Very Best Regards to you all,
Slade Farm (non-working!), Manorbier, Nr Tenby, Pembs, SA70 7SJ,