Happy birthday Sir David

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust congratulates its Patron Sir David Attenborough on his 90th birthday.

Sir David is one of our best loved and most respected naturalists and presenters.

His formative years were spent in Leicester at College House on the campus of the University of Leicester, where his father was Principal. He spent his childhood collecting fossils and other natural specimens in the Leicestershire countryside, particularly in the Charnwood Forest.

In his long broadcasting career Sir David has become synonymous with natural history programming and has been described as the father of the nature documentary.

Director of the Trust, Simon Bentley, said: “We are very proud that Sir David has been our Patron since 1991, and grateful for all the support he has given us for various events, initiatives and appeals over the years.”

Highlights include opening the Lyndon Visitor Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in 1985; launching Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve in 2006, the Trust’s 50th anniversary year; giving a lecture at the 20th Birdfair; digging the first turf of the Rutland Water Habitats Project in 2008; and most recently, opening the new Volunteer Training Centre in July 2015.


Photograph: Sir David with Phil Hurford and Anya Wicikowski at the opening of the Volunteer Training Centre (Eric Renno).

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