Keen outdoor, conservation and do-it-yourself folk, Bryan and June Nelson met in 1954 and almost spent their 1961 honeymoon on the Bass Rock, where they studied gannets for 3 years.
With a First in Zoology and a D.Phil. from Oxford, Bryan went on, with June, to study the behaviour and ecology of seabirds in the Galapagos, Peru, Christmas Island and New Zealand.
With the help of Prince Philip they persuaded Australia to help save the rare Abbott’s booby. Bryan died in 2015.