Roy Taylor is an ex-colleague of mine at the RSPB. He started working for the RSPB, on Song Thrushes, when I was Head of Research, so that must be around 20 years ago. I remember visiting Roy in his Sussex study area on a very hot day in summer where we ate ice-creams quite a lot.
Back then he was bubbling over with enthusiasm and ideas – and he still is. But he has been struck down with Motor Neurone Disease and now he is only able to hobble a few yards by foot. That isn’t stopping Roy, though!
This week Roy is making a 250-mile journey, by wheelchair, along the Trans-Pennine Trail. Today he is nearly half-way. Roy will be using this journey to highlight places along the route where access is not wheelchair- (or pushchair-) friendly.
Roy is also auditing RSPB reserves in the north of England for access issues and any money raised through his 250-mile wheelchair trek will go to improving accessibility.
I can remember Roy as a valued colleague but most of you won’t know him. He is a great guy. Just imagine you had to do all your birding or ‘naturalhistorying’ from a wheelchair. Please support Roy and those who will benefit from his fund-raising by giving generously at Roy’s Coast to Coast Wheelchair Challenge.