Dick Balharry, one of Scotland’s leading and highly respected conservationists and Vice President of Ramblers Scotland (RS) has died following his battle with cancer.
We were very saddened by the news and extend our condolences to his family and all those who worked with him and knew him.
Days before his death he was honoured by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) for his outstanding contribution to conservation. Dick was passionate about his work to the very last and used the event to highlight his vision and hopes for land use in Scotland.
He held roles in RS as Chairman and President and was later asked to be Vice President, an honorary position held for life. In his role as President, Dick said: “Having had a lifelong career and vocation caring for Scotland’s natural and cultural resources, I feel privileged to be part of the Ramblers campaigning work in securing access for walkers and protecting our beautiful landscape.” We feel very privileged to have had his valuable support and advice on many conservation and environmental issues. He was a key figure at many of our events and our annual conferences and he will be sadly missed.
Dick helped establish the country’s first nature reserves at Beinn Eighe and Creag Meagaidh. He also held positions of Chairman of John Muir Trust and interim Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland.
Ramblers Scotland Director Jess Dolan said she was very sorry for his family's loss and we were very thankful for the support and expertise he offered Ramblers.