Towards the end of 2010, the New Marston Wildlife Group was very sad to lose one of its most enthusiastic and active members, Bridget Opie, who died on 5 December at Sobel House Hospice in Oxford shortly before her 50th birthday.
In this photo, taken on 5 December 2009, exactly one year before, she can be seen helping in Milham Ford Nature Park during the group's contribution to the national tree-planting event, 'Tree O'Clock'.
In March 2010, Bridget, together with her husband, John, organised the New Marston Wildlife Group's stall at the 'Oxfordshire Goes Wild' event held at Oxford University's Museum of Natural History. This was a great success and Bridget had already offered to participate again in the 2011 event, as she felt it was a wonderful opportunity to encourage local children to get interested in wildlife and conservation.
Bridget was always ready to lend a hand whenever she could, cheerfully digging away in the mud, wielding a saw and wading into the ponds - photos. She was also a keen photographer and took many photos of wildlife during long summer holidays spent with her husband in Denmark, as well as some truly spectacular ones in Milham Ford Nature Park - a few can be seen here. These include photos of moths attracted to a light trap in their garden in Denmark, which they set up in 2010 after enjoying a Wildlife Group 'Moth Night' at Milham Ford Park.
Cards and bookmarks that she made using photos taken in the park, which were sold in aid of the Group's funds, proved very popular and her generosity in doing this was much appreciated.
When deteriorating health made it impossible for her to join in events, Bridget still kept in touch with the Group's members. Those of us who met up with her not long before she died will remember her as being as cheerful, kind and outgoing as always. She is greatly missed.