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Nature Presenter David Bellamy Has Died At 86

'Larger than life' British conservationist and nature presenter David Bellamy has died

The Conservation Foundation, which Bellamy co-founded with David Shreeve, tweeted out the devastating news on Wednesday morning, paying tribute to the vibrant presenter for decades of work.

"Sadly, I have to report David Bellamy died this morning," he wrote in a statement. "David and I worked together on a variety of projects in various places since launching The Conservation Foundation in 1982.

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"He was a larger-than-life character who became a very special friend and teacher. He inspired a whole generation with his wide range of interests and enthusiasm which knew no bounds.

"The Conservation Foundation was very special to him and so today is very sad for all of us."

Bellamy was a regular on television in the 1980s and 1990s, with appearances on Blue Peter and hosting many of his own shows, including Bellamy's Britain, Bellamy's Singapore and Bellamy's Backyard Safari.

He was also a fierce campaigner and was arrested and briefly imprisoned in Tasmania in 1983 during a protest against a proposed dam.