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David Noble-Rollin recognised for outstanding contribution to Gosforth Park

17th April 2019

NHSN and members of the Gosforth Park Nature Reserve management committee would like to offer a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to David Noble-Rollin, who is stepping down having served on the committee since 1989.

David has long been a driving force in NHSN, starting work with the Society in January 1989 following the death of then Secretary, Grace Hickling. It was around this time he first became involved in the management of GPNR. Perhaps his greatest achievement during his tenure was the rejuvenation of the reedbeds at GPNR which saw the welcome return of our now iconic Bitterns to the site after a prolonged absence.

In his own words, if David had to be remembered for one thing it would be his work to improve and expand the wetland areas at the reserve. On the subject, he writes:

“We started with a lake that had been greatly reduced in size and the reed beds were in need of proper management. I managed to secure funds to both de-silt the whole lake bed and to manage the reed beds though regular cutting. This has left us with over 100% increase in the reed bed area and a lake that will probably last for 30 years until further action is needed.”

He adds “I have greatly enjoyed my time on the committee and the opportunity this presented to shape the management of what is a truly fantastic reserve. It is has been a privilege to watch the site and its wildlife prosper over past decades and, while I will no longer be actively involved in the management of GPNR, I will continue to visit and enjoy this for years to come.”

While David may be stepping down from his responsibilities at the reserve, he will remain deeply involved with NHSN in other regards as a course tutor, a leading light in our ornithology section and as an expert ready and willing to share his knowledge with the younger generation.

Jonathan Hewitt, Chairman adds:

“Gosforth Park Nature Reserve would be in a far worse state today if it were not for David. His tireless work over past decades has helped make sweeping improvements to the site which has greatly increased its value and appeal for both wildlife and those who enjoy it. Through years of careful decision making and study, David has helped shape the very fabric of what people now recognise as Newcastle’s most diverse and tranquil wild space. We owe him a great deal for his remarkable contribution.”