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Conservationist Roy Dennis MBE who has worked on beavers and whitetailed eagles projects in Argyll has been awarded the RSPB’s top award.
The 81-year-old, who has dedicated his life to wildlife, received the honour of the RSPB Medal earlier this month, joining the likes of previous medallists HRH The Prince of Wales and Sir David Attenborough.
Roy, whose love of birds began as a child in the 1940s while exploring around his home in the New Forest, served at the RSPB’s first Highland officer from 1970 to 1990 when he became an independent wildlife consultant and formed the Highland Foundation for Wildlife, now known as the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation.
His projects have included, with involvement from Mull’s eagle project, bringing back white-tailed eagles to the south coast of England.
In 1992 he was awarded an MBE for services to nature conservation and in 2004 he received the RSPB Scotland Golden Eagle Award as the person who has done most for nature conservation in Scotland in the last 100 years.
Roy is also the author of several landmark, inspirational books and is a regular on TV and radio.
In 2012 there was a very unusual winner of the RSPB Medal when the entire community of Tristan da Cunha were awarded it for their efforts when a ship ran aground spilling 1,500 tonnes of oil into the sea threatening two-thirds of the world’s population of rockhopper penguins.