Dorset author wins top national award
19 Oct 2021 | No. 2021-43
Dorset author, Dominic Couzens, has been awarded the prestigious Dilys Breese Medal by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) at an award ceremony held in the Mall Galleries, London.
Dominic received his award for outstanding communication of the BTO’s work, at the opening event of the Society for Wildlife Artists’ Natural Eye exhibition. He is the author of over forty books, several of them highlighting the huge contribution the BTO has made to British Ornithology.
Stephen Moss, nominating Dominic for the award, said, “It is exceptionally fitting for Dominic to win this award, because in his earlier career he knew Dilys Breese personally. He once told me that she was, indeed, one of several people who encouraged him early on. I have no doubt that she would have taken great pleasure in him being a recipient of the Dilys Breese Medal – he is a very worthy winner of the award.”
Dominic Couzens, receiving the award, said, “It is an amazing honour to receive this award, particularly from the BTO, an organisation that is very close to my heart. They do fantastic work in science and in conservation, and I am truly privileged to be able to communicate both of these in my work as a writer.”
The award was presented by Professor Juliet Vickery, CEO of the BTO, and Charles Micklewright, Marsh Christian Trust Trustee, at the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) Natural Eye exhibition in the Mall Galleries, London.
There have been 17 previous recipients of the Dilys Breese Medal that include wildlife campaigner and TV presenter, Chris Packham, Environmental Editor, Michael McCarthy, wildlife Author, Mary Colwell and BBC Radio Presenter, Brett Westwood.
The Dilys Breese Medal is awarded to an outstanding communicator who delivers science to new audiences. The Dilys Breese BTO Medal is awarded on an annual basis by the BTO. Dilys Breese, a former Vice President of the BTO, was a renowned radio and television producer. In her honour the BTO Council created the Dilys Breese BTO Medal.
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The Dilys Breese BTO Medal is awarded on an annual basis by the BTO. Dilys Breese, a former Vice President of the BTO, was a renowned radio and television producer. In her honour the BTO Council created the Dilys Breese BTO Medal.
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