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Wildlife Trust highlights unsung local wildlife heroes with awards

Monday 9th May

Wildlife Trust highlights unsung local wildlife heroes with awards

The county’s largest locally based environmental charity, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, has celebrated the contribution of local wildlife heroes by awarding 13 Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards.

The awards are designed to highlight the efforts of individuals, schools and volunteer groups to protect and promote the county’s wildlife and awards were made right across the county.

In Retford, the work of the Nottinghamshire Dormouse Group was rewarded. The group plays a key role in a unique species re-introduction programme which has seen populations of the endangered dormouse re-established in three Wildlife Trust woodlands. In Mansfield the work of the Mansfield & Ashfield Wildlife Watch group was recognised – with the group providing a year-round programme of activities to help ensure that children and their families can see and experience local wildlife.

In Newark, the efforts of Michael & Sally Keys of Devon Farm at Elston, where wildlife has been encouraged on to a working farm and the Oxton Toad Crossing Volunteers, led by Margaret Cooper (pictured), were highlighted.  Holy Trinity Catholic Academy was also celebrated for its efforts to create wildlife friendly school grounds and for its contribution to protecting wildlife habitats at Sconce and Devon Park.

In Beeston, local volunteer Ian Eaglesfield was rewarded for more than a decade of service supporting educational visits to Attenborough Nature Centre and Trent Vale Infant & Nursery School was recognised due to its commitment to helping children learn about the natural world.

In the Rushcliffe area there were three winners: 17 year old Harry Eustace for his contribution as a volunteer with the Friends of Sharphill Wood; Ashlea School in Cotgrave for its commitment to supporting conservation work at the Skylarks Nature Reserve and the Holme Pierrepont Country Park Grounds Team for its work to restore wildlife habitats at the Country Park and their support of the Wildlife Trust at the neighbouring Skylarks Nature Reserve.

In Gedling, the work of the Nottinghamshire Bat Group and the volunteers that have transformed the grounds of St Mary’s Church in Lowdham were recognised.

Many of the nominations were suggested by Wildlife Trust members and the presentations were made at the Annual General Meetings held by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s network of Local Members’ Groups across the county, Each winner received Wildlife on Your Doorstep certificate.

Speaking about the Awards, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Rob Fitzsimons said:

“The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust was created by local volunteers and our work today still depends upon the effort of local people committed to protecting wildlife on their own patch.  Through the Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards we aim to highlight the vital role that individuals, volunteer groups and schools make to protecting and enhancing our county’s wildlife. Our Local Members’ Groups help provide a focus for our work across the county and our active members have excellent links with the local community and many of the active volunteer wildlife and conservation groups. By celebrating people’s efforts at our Local AGM’s we hope to showcase positive action for wildlife right across Nottinghamshire. ”

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