TV nature presenter David Bellamy has died at the age of 86, it has been confirmed.
The Conservation Foundation shared the sad news of the naturalist’s passing on Twitter.
They wrote: “The Conservation Foundation is greatly saddened to announce the death on 11th December 2019 of Professor David Bellamy OBE, our co-founder and President.
“The Foundation was very special to David and he was very special to us.”
In a statement, David Shreeve, director of the Conservation Foundation, said: “Sadly, I have to report that David Bellamy died this morning. David and I worked together on a variety of projects in a various places since launching The Conservation Foundation in 1982.
“He was a larger-than-life character who became a very special friend and teacher. He inspired a whole generation with his wide range of interests and enthusiasm which knew no bounds.”
“The Conservation Foundation was very special to him and so today is very sad for all of us.”
Bellamy was a broadcaster, author and environmentalist campaigner and botanist.
He had lived in County Durham since 1960.
Comedian and radio presenter Danny Baker has paid tribute to the presenting legend, calling him a “truly brilliant and canny broadcaster”.
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