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Mr Ulysses A Vincent and the Big Seal - Matt Andrews

Posted On: 5 Dec 2021   |   Posted By: Milton Keynes Natural History Society

The following story is from a first-hand recounting I was privileged to be present at some forty years ago and it concerns the account given to me in person in 1981 by the superbly named Mr Ulysses A. Vincent, affectionately known as ‘Vinnie', a botanist who specialised in the recording and photography of Hebridean flora in the 1930s and 40s.
I was involved with the setting up and establishment of Pitstone Fen reserve in Buckinghamshire, near to Tring in the early 1980s; this reserve later morphed into College Lake Reserve which lies adjacent to (but split by the railway from Euston north) Pitstone Fen and is probably familiar to quite a few of us now. Pitstone Fen has been left to return to nature in favour of the larger College Lake but still has a good colony of Marsh Helleborines as well as Small Blue butterflies and Water Shrews amongst other little gems.
The late Graham Atkins was the principle driving force behind this project. Graham worked as a cement lorry driver for the then Tunnel Cement company...

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