From: Burns Bog Conservation Society
Published February 13, 2013 06:04 PM


DELTA, B.C. - David Bellamy OBE, the famous British broadcaster and naturalist and honorary chair of the Burns Bog Conservation Society, is celebrating his 80th birthday with the launch of an honorary lecture series.

The David Bellamy Annual Lecture will be launched in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), on March 13th at Buckingham Palace. Professor Chris Baines, the environmental campaigner and broadcaster, will give the inaugural lecture to an invited audience of conservationists, business leaders, and long-time media associates of David Bellamy.

The Burns Bog Conservation Society's President, Eliza Olson, extended her congratulations to Bellamy. "The world has David Bellamy to thank for raising awareness about the need to save our disappearing peatlands. Little did I know when I contacted David in 1994 to enlist his help saving Burns Bog that he had already been here in the 1970s. I can still see his delight and enthusiasm when he discovered that Burns Bog was renewing itself."

Burns Bog was disturbed by industry in the first half of the 20th century, but became a case study in how peatlands can regenerate if left alone. At the 1995 International Peatlands Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, Bellamy's closing remarks of “Burns Bog must be saved!” resulted in a standing ovation. Resolutions calling for the purchase or expropriation of Burns Bog and its designation as a Ramsar Site were passed by scientists representing 19 countries. The Ramsar designation for Burns Bog was finally realized by Delta Council in 2012.

"David Bellamy is a boundless enthusiast. He continues to enthral us with his unique and engaging style of communication based on a robust attitude to conservation science," said David Shreeve, Chief Executive of The Conservation Foundation, sponsor of the lecture series. "The David Bellamy Lecture is a fitting legacy of David's many achievements and a gift to those who care about plants and animals and the stewardship of fragile ecosystems," said Shreeve.

Contact Info: Sarah Asberry, CIWEM Press Officer
Tel: 020 7831 3110

Website : Burns Bog Conservation Society

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