Tarka the Otter director dies at aged 87
March 26, 2018
TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham paid tribute to a "fabulous mentor and conservationist".
Cobham, who lived near Dereham, Norfolk, was a founding member of the Hawk and Owl Trust.
In 1972 the producer, director and author made Vanishing Hedgerows, said to be the BBC's first conservation film.
Packham said his mentor was "a great enthusiast with an insatiable passion for birds of prey".
He added: "David leaves a legacy of great books and films and inspiration."
The Norfolk-based Hawk and Owl Trust expressed its "deep sadness" at his death on Twitter and added that he "will be greatly missed".
Cobham was the brains behind many television nature films dating back to the 1970s and was a pioneering producer for wildlife presenter David Attenborough.
For many years he ran Sculthorpe Fen, near Fakenham, which is home to the Hawk and Owl Trust.
For his documentary The Secret Life of the Barn Owl he pioneered filming methods that are now taken for granted to show birds at night.
Born: 5/11/1930 North Yorkshire, England, U.K.
Died: 3/25/2018, Dereham, Norfolk , England,U.K.
David Cobham’s westerns – producer, director, writer.
To Build a Fire – 1969 [director, screenwriter]
The Mad Trapper (TV) – 1972 [producer, director]