A sad loss: Dick Balharry.

As we consider the urgency of the challenges facing conservation efforts in Scotland it is with much sadness we received news of the passing of esteemed conservationist Dick Balharry just days after he was awarded the Geddes Environment Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to conservation by The Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Born on the outskirts of Dundee, Dick became chairman of the John Muir Trust in 2003, before becoming a long term council member of the National Trust for Scotland (NTD) and even served as interim chairman in 2009/2010. Prior to this, Dick had worked as a gamekeeper and warden of the National Nature Reserve at Beinn Eighe in Wester Ross.

Speaking to the Herald Scotland Sir Ken Calman, NTS Chairman said: “We will never forget his boundless enthusiasm, friendliness and his deep love of Scotland’s natural treasures. He was feisty and forthright to the very end and we will do what we can to honour his legacy as we strive to protect this country’s unsurpassable wild lands.”

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