Lincolnshire

Tribute to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust president who dies aged 89

The president of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has sadly died at the age of 89.

David Robinson, who was one of the county’s greatest experts on natural history, died on Tuesday, July 25, at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

David Robinson and Ted Smith show Prince Charles around Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve in 1971

His passion for Lincolnshire inspired a lifelong quest to understand and protect the landscape, history and wildlife of the county.

Born and schooled in Horncastle, David spent all but a few years of his life in Lincolnshire.

David’s first contact with the trust was through Gibraltar Point where as an undergraduate at Nottingham he was involved in survey work in 1950.

Barrie Wilkinson (Reserves Officer), David Robinson and Marson Peet examine the film reel for the documentary Nature in Trust in 1968

While teaching in Grimsby he became a member of the trust’s NE Lindsey Regional Committee and then became chairman of the trust’s first publicity committee in the early 1960s.

In 1997, he was awarded an OBE for services to journalism and services to the people of Lincolnshire.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust said: “David’s dedication and organisational ability made a particularly valuable contribution to the development of the trust.

“David was a man of many parts: scholar, teacher, editor, author, and administrator.

“To whatever he did he brought an enthusiasm and determination; an ability to articulate ideas and interpret phenomena, and not least a sense of humour which seldom failed even in the most trying circumstances.

“The trust will deeply miss David and his devotion to nature conservation.”