Roy Dennis is this year’s recipient of the RSPB Medal – an award which is given to those who make a very significant contribution to nature conservation. Previous recipients have included David Attenborough, John Gummer, Chris Mead, Michael McCarthy, Dick Potts, Ian Newton, Robert Gillmor and the BTO/SOC/BWI team who produced the last Breeding Bird Atlas.
Roy is a very worthy recipient of this award. His track record in ornithology and bird conservation includes being warden of Fair Isle Bird Observatory, the RSPB’s Highland Officer for 20 years (1971-1990) and the founder of the Roy Dennis Foundation in 1995 which is active in rewilding and reintroduction projects. Roy has also written two excellent recent books, one of which, Cottongrass Summer, was the joint Book of the Year for this blog in 2021 (see also Restoring the Wild).
Roy is a force of nature and a force for nature. He is a thinker, a doer and a communicator. I know he is an old, white male but he is an old white male who has been making a difference to the world for 60+ years (ie since at least his twenties). And still is. If medals aren’t made for the likes of Roy Dennis then for whom are they intended?