Graduate scoops conservation award

Thursday 17th November 2016

Billy Dykes receiving his award from Helen WoodmanBilly Dykes receiving his award from Helen Woodman

A University of Worcester student has been presented with an award to recognise his contribution to conservation during his time at university.

Billy Dykes and his awardBilly Dykes received the ‘Greatest Contribution to Wildlife Conservation Award’ from Helen Woodman, reserves team leader at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, on 2nd November. The Award recognises students who demonstrate their own initiative to benefit wildlife through volunteering, wildlife study and research.

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.

Billy’s contribution to wildlife conservation during his studies at the University of Worcester has been wide-ranging and eclectic.

Helen explained “Billy has been involved in many projects during his three years in Worcester. He was a long-serving and leading member of the University’s Nature Society and ran regular moth trapping sessions for its members.

“Whilst he also got involved with the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust and Worcestershire County Council, his interests also ranged further afield. During his first summer vacation he was an assistant warden at Skokholm Bird Observatory and became a volunteer warden on the Isle of Eigg during his second summer.

“We’re really delighted with the contribution that Billy has made both to the University and the wider community. He’s even been a contributor to the WildWriters blog on our website – a platform to showcase young bloggers who area inspired by wildlife and conservation.”

Billy graduated in 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Conservation Ecology.

Billy’s Independent Study topic ‘A comparison of moth populations between successive development stages of a woodland coppice regime’ not only provides data that can inform future woodland coppice management but also won the Council for the Protection of Rural England’s prize for best project on a countryside theme.

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