Patience Thody, acting chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts says:
“Many Wildlife Trusts treasure very happy memories of working with him – such as the day he dressed as Noah and appeared on a boat moored beside London’s Camley Street Natural Park, to the time he led children pied-piper-style from one activity to another at a national Wildlife Watch Day in 1983 at London Zoo. He was mobbed by excited children wherever he went. David introduced thousands of children to wildlife and wild places and had the power to inspire the younger generation instilling in them a sense of enjoyment of the natural world. Many of those children went on to become the nature conservationists of today – his legacy can be found in the wonderful people now working for nature’s recovery in the UK.
“In his role as President, first of our junior arm, Wildlife Watch, and latterly of The Wildlife Trust movement, his commitment to the cause was clear – David served two terms as President of The Wildlife Trusts which is more than anyone else has done in the last thirty years. We are greatly in his debt and offer heartfelt sympathies to his family.”