Clive Minton 1934–2019

It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that Clive Minton, the Group’s founder and Honorary President, tragically died in a road traffic accident on Wednesday 6 November 2019. Clive was mostly known for his passion for waders, founding WWRG in 1959 and groups in Australia following his move out there in the late 1970s as well as being a founder member of the International Wader Study Group. Clive was still actively involved with WWRG; he is pictured here with Daphne and Mike Watson and Steve Dodd during the summer 2018 WWRG trip that he attended for its entirety.

Clive, Daphne, Mike and Steve, by Cathy Ryden
Clive (left), Mike, Steve and Daphne in summer 2018, by Cathy Ryden

Clive was a tireless champion of those wanting to learn and take on the baton and mentored and supported many, not only in Britain and Australia, but around the world, especially, in recent years, those working along the East Asian flyway. He touched the lives of so many with his unstoppable passion for birds and their conservation, the world is a far poorer place without him – “a life well-lived” barely scratches the surface.

Clive kindly wrote about his memories of the early days on the Wash for our 60th anniversary in the summer. An online book about Clive’s enormous contribution to wader studies can be downloaded from the Victorian Wader Study Group’s website.


WWRG logo of a Grey Plover with wings outstretched

The Wash Wader Ringing Group has been ringing waders (shorebirds) around the shores of the Wash since 1959. The Group operates with cannon nets and mist nets in both Norfolk and Lincolnshire, with the main aim of providing a better understanding of the waders (shorebirds) using the Wash. For more information about WWRG, see the About WWRG pages. For more information about our scientific aims and the species we study, see the What we do and Species pages. For more information about the area in which we study, see The Wash pages.

Anyone with an interest in our work is welcome to join our fieldwork team. We usually have a good mix of experienced and less experienced participants and the aim is to get everyone fully involved with all aspects of our work. To find out more about our fieldwork trips, or if you are interested in joining us or in any aspects of the Groups work, see our Fieldwork pages and the Blog. To view previous Blog posts, see the Blog Archive page.

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