In memory of John Dixon
John was born in 1940 in Wells a place which remained very close to his heart and to which he returned to live many times. He spent his formative years here and enjoyed the freedom to roam anywhere which sadly children do not have now. He joined the local cub pack which started a long association with the Scout movement which culminated in him becoming the leader in Camelford when the family lived in Cornwall. He set out to give the scouts many exciting adventures in the outdoors.
His love of the countryside and wildlife began when he was a young man in Bournemouth and when we married and had a family we joined the Wildlife Trusts in all the counties he moved to in his banking career. While living in Tavistock he formed the Tavistock branch of the Devon Wildlife Trust which is still going strong to this day.
When he took early retirement we moved back to Minehead in 1997 so he could volunteer on the West Somerset Railway and we also became very involved with the local branch of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and he served on the committee from 1998 until the group folded sadly through lack of support - being Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman in that time. He also founded a Conservation Team to enable people to get out into the countryside and help manage this wonderful area we live in. Over the years a great deal of work and fun has been achieved. We were also members of the Exmoor Natural History Society and he managed their 2 nature reserves until he became too ill.
We had only been in Minehead for a few months when we joined the Otter Group and he took the office of Treasurer and later Secretary. The monthly surveys of the river Avill were always a joy as there was so much to see and while I was searching for otter spraint John would be looking for flowers, butterflies and birds.
He felt strongly that we were privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the country and he realised the need to protect it and its wildlife for future generations to enjoy.