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Geoffrey Matthews. Source: The Telegraph
Geoffrey Matthews, who has died aged 89, was Director of Research and Conservation at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) for more than three decades, and a founding father of the Ramsar Convention, the first international agreement on the conservation of natural habitats.

Sir Peter Scott founded WWT, at Slimbridge, the Gloucestershire wetland reserve, in 1946, and nine years later, to establish it as an international centre of research and conservation , recruited Matthews, an authority on bird navigation.

Matthews dedicated the next 33 years of his life to WWT, building a team of scientists which developed waterfowl biology using the Slimbridge collection of birds and observing ducks, geese and swans in the wild.

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Stroud News and Journal

Zoologist and conservationist Professor Geoffrey Matthews dies aged 89

Stroud News and Journal

Prof Matthews, who was director of research for many years at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge, died peacefully on Monday, January 21 at his home in Minchinhampton where he had lived with his wife Mary for nearly 30 years. A pioneer of ...

 

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