A local conservationist has been awarded a MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the recent Queens Birthday Honours List.
Dr Keith Clarkson, who lives at Reighton Gap, was a well-known and familiar figure in and around the RSPB Bempton Reserve until his retirement.He had spent a career working with wildlife.
Keith still helps out with the RSPB Seabird Cruises on the Yorkshire Belle, undertaking commentaries during sailings. He was, until his retirement, the site manager at Bempton RSPB and oversaw a major transformation of the attraction, including a large-scale building project to extend the visitor centre.
Under his leadership visitor numbers to the reserve more than doubled, generating real growth for the local area and helping ensure the continued conservation of the site.
Keith graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc in Zoology in 1979 and later a PhD in Zoology 1985.