The death earlier in February of Jeremy Mallinson OBE, DSc, CBiol, FIBiol, FRGS, the retired and much respected director of Jersey Zoo and friend of the late Gerald Durrell, was sad news for his many friends in Jersey and around the world, the zoological and conservation community, and not least for RURAL magazine.
His obituaries have been written – and for those who perhaps are reading this ‘abroad’ and so missed the news or were unacquainted with him, may we recommend the Daily Telegraph obituary, which can be read at www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2021/02/12/jeremy-mallinson-former-director-jersey-zoo-friend-gerald-durrell/
The very least of his many achievements was to feature as the picture on the cover of the Autumn 2020 issue of RURAL magazine. This was in connection with the publication of a new and updated edition of his book: ‘Les Minquiers – Jersey’s Southern Outpost’.
The article needed research – and what better way to conduct this than to make an excursion to Les Minquiers to do the ‘research’ and to take pictures for the magazine of Jeremy on Maîtresse Ile.
It was one of the hottest days of the year and the expeditionary force consisted of Jeremy, his son, Julian, who provided and captained the RIB transport, Julian’s partner, Natalie, the magazine’s photographer, Gary Grimshaw and myself. Much of the research consisted of a picnic outside Julian’s hut on Maîtresse Ile, a long and enjoyable conservation with Jeremy and an extended paddle in the warm and shallow waters off the slipway. On the way back to Jersey, dolphins played in the sea near the RIB.
In a year in which there seemed to be unremitting bad news, that day last August stands out as a most notable exception: a warm, cheerful and hugely enjoyable day out, which I shall long remember.
For anyone who not yet discovered our ‘Past Issues’ section on the RURAL website, the article on Jeremy and the Minquiers can be read by clicking on that heading and scrolling down to ‘Issue 32’, or by following this link: issuu.com/ruraljersey/docs/rural_jersey_autumn_2020.
I shall also long remember Jeremy: always courteous, always a pleasure to meet, always with interesting conversation and definitely a force for good in the sphere of conservation of the animal kingdom. To his family, RURAL magazine extends its sympathy – Alasdair Crosby, editor RURAL magazine