Marsh Nature Conservation Award (Kent)
This Award is run in association with the Kent Wildlife Trust, a leading conservation organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild habitats which works with over 800 volunteers.
The Award is an opportunity to congratulate six of these volunteers who have worked tirelessly in the many areas of the Kent Wildlife Trust's responsibilities and have contributed their skills, experience and enthusiasm to protecting wildlife.
Pictured right: one of the 2013 winners, Chris Fulcher, carrying out marine surveys
The 2016 winners are Angus Mac Leod, Linda Evans, Paul Willmott, Pip Terry, Robin Shrubsole and Yvonne Lewis-Cut
Angus began volunteering in 2008 in the tea bar at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Visitor Centre on Wednesdays and also helps out at the Festival of Wildlife. Angus is a brilliant character with a quick mind and friendly banter which always makes for a positive experience for visitors to the centre. He tackles each new challenge presented to him with vigour and is a very reliable volunteer, continuing to provide his services even after undergoing a hip replacement.
Linda has been a valuable member of the volunteer team at the Reculver Visitor Centre and Country Park since 2009, updating the sightings at Reculver, engaging with the general public, opening the Visitor Centre, creating impressive and popular exhibitions and assisting at many events that the centre runs. Linda is reliable and is always more than happy to pass on her passion for wildlife, making her an extremely valuable asset to the Visitor Centre.
Paul volunteers with the Dover Downlands and the Old Park Hill volunteer groups. Whenever an extra pair of hands is needed for odd jobs, Paul is always on hand to help. Paul is hard working and very rarely misses the opportunity to help out with a task. He has also helped to organise the storage area at Dover Castle, building structures to store tools and fence posts out of random bits of timber and other materials.
For the last ten years, Pip has looked after the sheep and ponies at the Queendown Warren Nature Reserve, managing to maintain his positive attitude while working alone in all weathers. Pip has taught the Medway & Mid-Kent Area Warden everything about looking after sheep and keeping them safe and well, especially when it comes to day to day care such as worming, foot trimming and fly treatment. He has a huge amount of knowledge and expertise which he is more than happy to share with other volunteers.
Robin first began volunteering in 2004 doing Shoresearch surveying and data checking and he has been a regular Shoresearcher for over ten years. Robin focuses in on species which are often overlooked by others and frequently uses his microscope for more accurate identification. His patience and determination to achieve the most accurate identification possible has contributed hugely to providing robust data for the Trust to confidently submit to statutory bodies. Robin willingly shares his expertise with others, not only when out on the shore, but also by running workshops helping to identify marine polychaete worms.
Yvonne first began volunteering in the 1970s and has held a number of roles, including leading a Watch local group enthusing children about the natural world. She has participated in practical conservation tasks on Trust reserves and acted as a road verge warden in East Kent. For many years she has been an active member of the committees of Folkestone, Hythe and Dover local groups, as membership secretary, publicity officer and events secretary. She single-handedly organises wildlife themed programmes of events to entertain and inform local audiences and promote support.
Pictured: Some of this year's winners with Carly Whyborn, Volunteer Development Officer with the Kent Wildlife Trust and Ron Drury from the MCT - Angus MacLeod, Paul Willmott and Yvonne Lewis-Cut (top to bottom)
Photos by Ray Lewis
Kent Wildlife Trust
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