David James Bellamy OBE (born 18th January 1933) is an English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist.
Bellamy went to school where he initially showed an aptitude for English Literature and History; he then found his vocation due to an inspirational science teacher, studying Zoology, Botany, Physics and Chemistry in the sixth form. After he left school he worked as a laboratory assistant at Ewell Technical College before studying for an Honours degree in Botany at Chelsea College of Science and Technology. In 1960 he became a lecturer in the Botany department of Durham University.
He first came to public prominence as an environmental consultant at the time of the 1967 Torrey Canyon oil spill; he wrote Effects of Pollution from the Torrey Canyon on Littoral and Sublittoral Ecosystems, which was published in Nature. He has written and presented some 400 television programmes on botany, ecology, and environmental issues. Bellamy is the originator, along with David Shreeve and the Conservation Foundation (which he also founded), of the Ford European Conservation Awards and has published scientific papers (between 1966 and 1986) and many books.
David Bellamy is currently the President of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) and is a strong supporter of the BICSc plan to educate young people to care for and protect the environment. The David Bellamy Awards Programme is a competition designed to encourage schools to be aware of, and act positively towards, environmental cleanliness.
David Bellamy is currently a patron of the British Homeopathic Association and also the UK plastic recycling charity Recoup since 1998.