Student receives Wildlife Conservation Award

Wednesday 18th November 2015

Joshua Humphries and Helen WoodmanJoshua Humphries and Helen Woodman

An award that recognises students who demonstrate their own initiative to benefit wildlife through volunteering, wildlife study and relevant research has been presented to University of Worcester graduate Joshua Humphries.

Joshua received the ‘Greatest Contribution to Wildlife Conservation Award’ from Helen Woodman, reserves team leader at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The Award, sponsored by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and the University’s Institute of Science and the Environment, is not presented every year and is only granted to a student who shows exceptional dedication to conservation.

Helen explained “Joshua graduated earlier this year with a 1st Class Honours degree in Conservation Ecology.

“From the Wyre Forest and the Forest of Dean to volunteering with Operation Wallacea in South Africa, Joshua got involved in many wildlife conservation projects across the three counties and further afield.

“Joshua organised a nut survey at our own Knapp and Papermill nature reserve to look for the presence of dormice, he helped with public events and surveys with the Worcestershire Bat Group, volunteered with the Wyre Community Land Trust and assisted with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s BioBlitz amongst many other projects.”

Key role in university life

A long-serving member of the University’s Environmental and Conservation Society (now the Nature Society), Joshua also played a key role in university life.

During his studies he was awarded Academic Achievement Scholarship for both his first and second year of study, achieved a first class in his Independent Study and a 1st Class Honours overall.

Since graduating, Joshua has worked as a Student Summer Research Assisant at the University and as a bat sub-contractor with Midland Ecology.

Helen continued “We’re thrilled with the contribution that Joshua has made to wildlife conservation across the county – not just within the scope of his degree.

“Joshua took to social media during The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild campaign in June to share his enthusiasm and to spread the message that doing a Random Act of Wildness each day makes us all feel better.”

Professor John Newbury, Head of the Institute, commented “Joshua has really earned this Award and we’re delighted that a University of Worcester graduate has made such a difference to nature conservation both within the University and to local communities and organisations across the County as well as further afield.

“Throughout his time here, Joshua showed dedication, commitment, passion and initiative. We’re sure he will go far with his conservation career and are proud to have him amongst our alumni.”

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