Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Dilys Breese Medal

Dilys Breese was a pioneering producer of BBC natural history programmes on radio and TV. The Living World, Wildlife on One and The Natural World are some of the series on which she worked. Many people will remember the award-winning film Meerkats United (1987) on which she was executive producer. Less widely known is her work for the British Trust for Ornithology. She became a council member in 1973 and was honorary secretary from 1998 to 2001. In 1983 she became the first recipient of the BTO's Golden Jubilee medal for her outstanding service to the Trust.
Upon Dilys' death the BTO decided to honour her memory by using her bequest to annually award the Dilys Breese Medal - awarded for excellence in communicating the work of the BTO to a wider audience, and raising the profile of bird conservation both nationally and internationally.
The first awards, presented at the House of Lords by Baroness Barbara Young, President of the BTO, were made to; TV Producer and Wildlife Writer, Stephen Moss - Radio Presenter and Producer, Brett Westwood – Journalist and Environment Editor, Stuart Winter - TV Presenter, Writer and Wildlife Stalwart, Tony Soper - New Media guru, Fiona Barclay. Highland Journalist, Ray Collier.
In future years there will only be a single award.
Text taken from Birdguides website and BTO Press release.


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