The University of Leicester is to confer the honorary degree of Master of Science on Mr Tim Appleton, Manager of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve, in July.
A delighted Mr Appleton said : "It came as a complete surprise and shock when I learned that the University was awarding me an honorary degree. Today has been a milestone in my life and I am delighted to receive my degree. In this day and age when advances in scientific and technical research are honoured by academic institutions, it is to the credit of the University of Leicester that it has chosen to confer this degree in honour of creative nature conservation."
When Tim Appleton was working at Westbury Wildlife Park the naturalist Peter Scott asked him to become Warden at the Peakirk Wildfowl Trust. He later moved on to become Deputy Curator at the Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust, and has held his current post as Manager of Rutland Water Nature Reserve since 1975.
While his main interests are ornithological he has developed the centre in many ways. He is also an adviser to the Wildlife Trust and has been elected to the Council of the British Ornithological Union.
Tim Appleton is one of ten people prominent in the worlds of academia, medicine, science, industry and public life to receive an honorary degree from Leicester University in July.
The full list of honorands is:
Mr Tim Appleton, Manager of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve; Professor Dame Gillian Beer, DBE, FBA, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge; Dr Philip Campbell, Editor of Nature; Dr Ken Edwards, Vice-Chancellor of Leicester University who retires in September; Professor Fred Leckie, Department of Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; Mr Chris Moon, a former Captain in the Royal Anglian Regiment, now an active campaigner against the use of land mines; Professor Sir Keith Peters, FRS, Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge; The Honourable Raymond Seitz, former US Ambassador to the UK; Sir Richard Sykes, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo Wellcome; and Professor Sir Anthony Wrigley, FBA, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Note to editors : Mr Tim Appleton will receive his degree on Thursday 22 July at 11 am in the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
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