Roy Dennis gets OBE in New Year Honours

Well-known local conservationist and birdman Roy Dennis has been awarded an OBE in the King’s New Year Honours list.

He operates the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, set up in June 1995, and has undertaken innovative species restoration work, been at forefront of bird migration research, and become a leading advocate for the restoration of natural ecosystems.

Roy’s work includes:

  • The co-ordination of the osprey colour-ringing scheme in the UK – one of the longest running schemes of its kind in Europe
  • Restoring populations of red squirrels in three areas of the Highlands through translocation.
  • Advocating for reintroduction of lynx to Scotland, including funding of a feasibility study.
  • And more details can be found on his website at

He was written four books on environmental and wildlife matters, A Life of Ospreys (2008), Cottongrass Summer (2020), Mistletoe Winter (2021), and Restoring the Wild: Sixty Years of Rewilding Our Skies (2021).

Roy also received an MBE in 1992.

Picture: Marc Hindley

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