We are devastated by the sudden and untimely loss of one of our long-standing members, Mark Smart, who died in his sleep on Saturday 3 February. Mark had been coming to The Wash for many years, held a cannon-netting endorsement, was our Membership Secretary and Vice-Chair of our Trustees. He was also an ardent practical conservationist who did so much to improve conditions for breeding waders. He received a Marsh Award for Wetland Conservation in 2018 and has continued to expand and develop his work since then, traveling all over the country to provide his expertise and practical skills to create and improve wetlands. Most importantly, Mark was our friend; he is irreplaceable and we will miss him terribly. Our thoughts are with those closest to him.