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Thursday 19 July 2018

Tribute to Tarka director and wildlife filmmaker David Cobham from Chris Packham

Cobham died on Sunday night after suffering a stroke some weeks ago, his family confirmed.

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

TV presenter Chris Packham has paid tribute to conservation film pioneer and Tarka The Otter director David Cobham, following his death aged 87.

Cobham died on Sunday night after suffering a stroke some weeks ago, his family confirmed.

The  producer, director, and author made Vanishing Hedgerows, said to be the BBC’s first conservation film.

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Tarka from Tarka The Otter (David Cobham)

Vanishing Hedgerows (1972) tackled the destruction of the countryside from modern farming techniques.

He also directed screen classic Tarka The Otter and much-loved children’s series Woof!

Springwatch host Packham, who was influenced by Cobham, told the Press Association in a statement: “Kind , calm and committed, a great enthusiast with an insatiable passion for birds of prey David leaves a legacy of great books and films and inspiration.

“He was a fabulous mentor and conservationist.”

Cobham, who died in Norfolk, was a founding member of the Hawk And Owl Trust.

He is survived by his wife, actress Liza Goddard.

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