Dick Potts Legacy Fund gets OFF to a Flying start
A fund set up in memory of the internationally renowned scientist Dick Potts has attracted around £13,000 in donations since it was set up on April 25.
The Dick Potts Legacy Fund will cover the expenses of young scientists and land managers seeking to conduct ecological research projects in their chosen field.
The money has been raised through private donations and a special Just Giving page set up in honour of Mr Potts, a former director-general of the GCT, now the GWCT, who was a passionate figurehead in grey partridge conservation.
“The idea for the fund came about soon after Dick’s death, as we received numerous letters from around the world from people whose research he had encouraged and inspired,” said Mr Potts’ wife Olga. “When they first encountered him and his work, they were young scientists and conservationists who are now at the top of their chosen field. As a result, we felt it would be a positive memorial to encourage the next generation of people who want to study and protect the ecology of farmland in the same practical way.”
Letters came in from numerous leading figures in game and wildlife conservation. Dr Mike Rands, chief executive of Birdlife International and currently director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, wrote: “Thanks to his belief in me and his support, I was able to complete a doctorate at Oxford under his expert supervision.”
David Clark, headkeeper at Sandringham Estate, wrote: “He helped me in my career and gave me advice so many times. I owe him so much, as do so many people.”
Dr Simon Dowell, science director at Chester Zoo, wrote: “Much of my career would not have been possible without his support and mentorship all those years ago at the Game Conservancy. I shall never forget the day he rang me to offer me my PHD in Gamebird Behaviour. I couldn’t believe my luck in being offered such a great opportunity. Even so, I never imagined where it would lead me and what an amazing journey I would have along the way.”
Applications will be considered on an annual basis. Awards will be at the discretion of the fund’s advisors. Full project results will be published.
To support the Dick Potts Legacy Fund online, visit justgiving.com
the late Dick Potts was a passionate ecologist and conservationist.