This was a fun poll – well, I enjoyed it anyway.
I’m not surprised that Sir David Attenborough won – he is an impressive man who has motivated and inspired so many to care for the natural world. He cannot but be a worthy winner.
But he didn’t get my vote – that went to Peter Scott. For me, Peter Scott combined the best attributes of a ‘thinker’, a ‘doer’, a communicator and an inspirational leader. It was he who set up the excellent WWT and was a founder member of WWF too. Outside of nature conservation Peter Scott was an Olympian, a champion glider pilot and received a DSC for bravery. He communicated his knowledge of , and love, for nature through his paintings, books and TV and radio broadcasts. That’s why he got my vote.
But how could anyone begrudge Sir David his emphatic victory in this little poll? He is a hero to so many of us too. I remember, in my RSPB days, my PA putting an unexpected phone call through to me with a rather breathless ‘It’s David Attenborough for you!’. I didn’t have any time to wonder what this was all about before the familiar voice was explaining that he wanted some advice about wind turbines because Glyndbourne were planning to have one. I was star-struck and I probably sounded it!
Thank you to all of you for your votes in this poll and for the stimulating comments - including the people you thought we had missed off the list. I wonder whether we ought to have included HRH The Prince of Wales, Tony Juniper, Dick Potts, David Bellamy and others – maybe next time?
Another poll will be along in a while.