Balharry, who was also involved in the management of creag meagaidh national nature reserve, was made an mbe in 1996 for services to conservation. Dick worked tirelessly to control its deer, in order to encourage the regeneration of native woodland; the outcome is the wonderfully wooded mountain landscape reaching up from loch laggan. The son of a builder, he grew up on the outskirts of dundee spending his boyhood in total freedom, exploring the countryside, enjoying mini-adventures and discovering how wildlife, from rabbits to kestrels, jackdaws and jays, really lived. Died: 22 april, 2015, in newtonmore, aged 77. Just days ago dick balharry was honoured with a prestigious award amid the glorious surroundings of glen feshie, deep in the cairngorms national park.
Dick balharry cairngorm. In pursuit of his aim of connecting more people with nature, he chaired the. He later became chairman of the john muir trust and was awarded an honorary doctorate of science by abertay university. The setting was the diametric opposite to the road he might have travelled when he was first considering a career. In 1962 he married adeline (nee croal). He had also been chairman, president and latterly honorary vice president of ramblers scotland and was a long-standing council member of the national trust for scotland and its interim chairman in 2009-10. He is survived by her, children david and dawn and grandsons ross and ryan. It was perhaps not a surprising decision for a youngster who had grown up roaming free in the countryside around his angus home, hunting and hand-rearing wild animals and curating his own collections.
He is survived by her, their son, david, daughter, dawn, and grandsons, ryan and ross. And chair of the local access forum for the cairngorms national park.