Many congratulations to Dave Dick who has won the Scottish Raptor Study Group‘s coveted Donald & Jeff Watson Award for his work tackling raptor persecution and supporting raptor conservation in Scotland over several decades.
[Dave collecting his award from Mark Rafferty at the SRSG annual conference last weekend]
Working for the RSPB’s Investigations Unit in Scotland between 1984-2006, Dave was involved in approximately 350 raptor persecution cases resulting in court action, participated in approx 1,000 land searches and was responsible for catching and convicting more wildlife criminals in Scotland than anyone else.
In addition to his professional role, Dave was also involved in raptor monitoring fieldwork (particularly eagles and peregrines, which he continues to this day) and along with a few others, set up the SRSG network and helped it to expand across the country.
He’s also been a huge supporter of this blog (thanks v much!).
For anyone who wants to learn more about Dave’s experience and expertise, I recommend reading his book, Wildlife Crime, published in 2012 by Whittles (see here).
Huge congratulations, Dave, and well-deserved recognition for a lifetime’s work.
22 thoughts on “Dave Dick wins Donald & Jeff Watson Award for his efforts tackling raptor persecution”
Many congratulations Dave. Richly deserved.
Many people more qualified than me will say it better than me but enough to say, Dave is a hero.
Oh and buy his book if you haven’t already.
I cannot think of a more deserving recipient congratulations Dave.
Very well deserved. Congratulations.
Congratulations on the Award. The book is well worth reading.
Top man! Well deserved.
Not only an award, but just sold another book! Thanks for all your work Dave.
Very well deserved award.
Well deserved, Dave! Congratulations!
A thoroughly merited award. Sincere congratulations! I have been meaning to buy your book for ages. This news has kicked me into action. Thanks for all you have done in both professional and amateur life.
And what a blues musician. Hugely deserved.
Yep, Dave’s the Man. Well deserved.
Congratulations Dave. Well deserved.
Yessssss…what an ace human being.
Congratulations, that man. 🥳
Amazing work. Thankyou seems quite inadequate.
Didn’t recognise you – you old bugger – sincere congratulations. If anyone deserves an award you do!
Well done Dave, if you are ever in Uist call in.
Very well deserved! This has prompted me to read his book (which I bought awhile ago but haven’t got around to yet).