Nominate your Wildlife Hero

Thursday 26th April 2018

Gardeners and eco group from Bredon Hill Academy (c) Wendy CarterGardeners and eco group from Bredon Hill Academy (c) Wendy Carter

The county’s largest nature conservation charity is on the hunt for Wildlife Heroes.

To celebrate its 50th birthday, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust wants to recognise and celebrate how people have helped to protect and conserve wildlife in Worcestershire during the last 50 years. Whether individual, group, community, business or school, anyone who has done their bit for wildlife is eligible for nomination.

Rae Howard-Louvaine, Senior Engagement Officer for the Trust, explained “We’ve been protecting wildlife and wild places across Worcestershire for the past 50 years but we’d like to celebrate the work that others have been doing to help wildlife at home and in their local communities.

“Perhaps you know someone who has dedicated their garden to wildlife, for example, or who builds and supplies nest boxes for their local community green spaces. Maybe you know a someone that has mobilised people to turn a neglected public space into a pollinator patch?

“Do you know a group, school or business that are doing their bit for wildlife?

“Whoever it is or whoever they are, if they have made a difference for wildlife you can nominate them to become a Wildlife Hero.”

All Wildlife Heroes will receive an invitation to a special award ceremony at the Trust’s Lower Smite Farm headquarters. They will receive a certificate to recognise their contribution, a specially commissioned pin badge and they will be added to the Trust’s Wildlife Heroes county map.

Nominate your Wildlife Hero below or request a postal form or call 01905 754919.  

Staff at the Trust have got the ball rolling with four nominations:

Bredon Hill Academy

Bredon Hill AcademyStaff and pupils applied for a grant from the Tesco ‘bags of help’ scheme to renovate their pond and garden. Thanks to hard work of pupils, local villagers and an Environment Agency work party, the pond is full of water and aquatic life. Logs have been installed to provide seating for an entire class to have lessons outside.

Houses have been installed for birds, bats, bugs, bees and hedgehogs. Wildlife cameras and bird hides enable students to monitor the wildlife and they share their results with the rest of the school and local community.

Sara Bankes, Eco coordinator for Bredon Hill Academy, commented “We see a lot of wildlife in our school grounds and improving the area for wildlife has also made a huge difference for our staff and pupils.

“The area is used as a learning resource for many subjects and pupils enjoy the peace and tranquillity at lunchtime whereas the maintenance of the area promotes physical activity and improves wellbeing.

“We’re delighted to be nominated as Wildlife Heroes and look forward to sharing our wildlife with the local community and visitors to Ashton under Hill Open Gardens in early June.”

Peter Bugg, Fladbury

Peter Bugg (c) Will BuggPeter has led a group of local residents to restore and manage a small, neglected orchard on the edge of Fladbury village. Peter has organised work parties, organised community days and visits from the local primary school.

Peter also volunteers for Vale Landscape Heritage Trust and leads the Parish Green Charter Group that brings environmental issues to the attention of the Parish Council.

Marilyn McCarthy, Worcester

Marilyn McCarthy (c) David Griffiths Worcester NewsIn 2014 Marilyn, with the support of other volunteers, set out to provide healthy food for 100+ swans on the River Severn in Worcester. They have involved the public in adding a healthy and affordable food to the popular activity of feeding swans; bags of floating swan pellets, complete with information and advice about feeding swans, can be purchased in several outlets in and around the city.

Between 2014 and October 2017 nearly 8000 bags of swan food and over 100 sacks of floating swan pellets were sold, enabling the project to donate nearly £1000 for swans in care locally. Recently, the volunteers are starting to sell swan food in Bewdley.

Paul Allen, Wyre Forest

Paul AllenAs Conservation and Countryside Officer for Wyre Forest District Council, Paul had led a highly committed team of staff and volunteers who look after a portfolio of nature reserves and community greenspaces in and around Stourport, Kidderminster and Bewdley for more than 25 years.

Paul also acts as the Council’s biodiversity expert and has championed the protection of wildlife. He has been instrumental in establishing the Grazing Animals Project, which promotes the use of rare breeds to manage many of the heathlands and grasslands in the north of the county. The Service also runs the Young Rangers Club for 8-14 year olds to explore nature.  

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