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Naturalist and TV personality David Bellamy dies aged 86

In a statement, the director of the foundation he co-founded described Bellamy as a “larger-than-life character”.

Bellamy in 1996
Bellamy in 1996
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NATURALIST AND BROADCASTER David Bellamy has died at the age of 86, the Conservation Foundation has said.

Bellamy died today, according to the foundation, of which he was president and co-founder.

In a statement, David Shreeve, director of the Conservation Foundation, said: “Sadly, I have to report that David Bellamy died this morning. 

“David and I worked together on a variety of projects in a various places since launching The Conservation Foundation in 1982.

“He was a larger-than-life character who became a very special friend and teacher.

“He inspired a whole generation with his wide range of interests and enthusiasm which knew no bounds.

“The Conservation Foundation was very special to him and so today is very sad for all of us.”

London-born Bellamy was a household name as TV personality, scientist and conservationist.

He inspired Sir Lenny Henry’s “grapple me grapenuts” catchphrase and was a regular presence on TV.

Bellamy, who lived in County Durham, later attracted criticism for dismissing global warming.

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