Trevor Beer MBE 1937-2017

Posted July 18th, 2017 at 6:28 pm in People

Trevor was a prolific writer having written 14 tourist guides from birds, flowers and other natural history topics to castles, beaches and footpath walks. His other books included “The Beast of Exmoor, fact or legend”, “Devon's Wild Mammals”, three editions of “Nature Watch”, “Tarka Country” and “Tarka Country revisited”. However he was probably best known for his regular articles in the Western Morning News, Exmoor Magazine, Devon Life Magazine, the North Devon Journal, North Devon Gazette, Cornish Guardian, West Briton and Country Lovers Magazine.

Whilst doing all this he took in and healed over 4000 sick and injured wild birds and animals. He was elected Wildlife Champion for North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2005 having already been awarded an M.B.E. in 2002 for journalism and environment.

He was a Fellow of both the Zoological Society and of the Royal Entomological Society. He founded the RSPB North Devon branch, The Taw and Torridge Estuary Forum as well as the Taw and Exmoor Branch of The British Naturalists' Association and was a founder member of the Society for Wildlife Art for the Nations. He had been a council member of The Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society in the 1980's.

In recent years he found it difficult to get out and about even travelling by car, although he managed the occasional trip around Anchor Woods.

Trevor Beer – wildlife artist, columnist, author, naturalist and environmentalist – a true countryman, whose greatest wish was to protect wildlife habitats.

Brian Sims