Happy Birthday Sir David! 90 years young and an inspiration to so many of us.
Last week Sir David launched London Wildlife Trust’s Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve, where he said: ‘Contact with the natural world isn’t a luxury… it is actually a necessity for all of us. All we know about the natural world gives us pleasure, delight, expertise, continuous interest throughout the year – joy on many occasions and solace on sad ones. Knowing about the natural world and being in contact with the natural world is the most precious inheritance that human beings can have.
We should be grateful indeed for all the work that The Wildlife Trusts have done for children to see the seasons as they pass, to see not just asphalt and concrete and brick – but reeds and willows; to see birds coming up from Africa; to hear above the hubbub of the traffic – birdsong; to catch a glimpse of a kingfisher, one of the most wonderful sights that Britain has to offer – that flash of blue as it flies up-river.‘.
Stephanie Hilborne OBE, The Wildlife Trusts’ chief executive, said: ‘Our archives are filled with photographs of Sir David Attenborough visiting or opening Wildlife Trust nature reserves and centres over the last 50 years. He has travelled the length and breadth of the country to do so, and was in Hackney this Saturday last to open Woodberry Wetlands. David has given brilliant lectures and talks and launched numerous campaigns including our British Wildlife Appeal in the 1980s. He has honoured some of our greatest people – not least amongst them Ted Smith. Like us, David cares passionately about the wildlife and countryside of this country and about the fundamental need for children to live close to the natural world. We’re delighted to share some of our archive ahead of David’s 90th birthday so that we can all celebrate his dedication to UK wildlife as well as that of the wider world.‘.