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 2015 winners are John Bartlett, Diane Harris, Owen Sweeney, Nigel Newington, John & Rosemary Roberts, Dave Wood

John Bartlett

John started volunteering with the Kent Wildlife Trust in 1993 and is a reliable volunteer with the Rare Bird Protection Scheme at South Swale. Johnís unstinting work during the bird breeding season and beyond has provided protection to rare bird species as well as other wildlife. He has provided valuable data for the annual bird reports. He has also been active in helping with public events on the reserve, contributing his knowledge and enthusiasm freely.

Diane Harris

Diane has been a regular volunteer for over 12 years and an invaluable member of the team at Tyland Barn Nature Park and Cottage Garden. She contributes great energy and effort to her role. She is a skilled gardener and has many wildlife interests, which she brings to her role as a volunteer.

Owen Sweeney

Owen is an active member of the Queendown Warren Reserve work party, where he has been volunteering since the group started. He has a keen interest in birds and carries out many bird surveys, monitoring the Kent Wildlife Trust reserves and other sites in the Medway area. He also corresponds with the Kent Wildlife Trustís conservation team over local planning issues.

Nigel Newington

Nigel has been a volunteer at the Lydden Temple Ewell National Nature Reserve for some 15 years. He has recently become involved with the Dover area chalk grassland restoration work at Old Park Hill and Dover Castle. He monitors the chalk grassland flowers, butterflies, birds and other wildlife around Dover reserves and applies himself to any task he is involved in.

John & Rosemary Roberts

John and Rosemary have been volunteers for over 15 years on the Trustís roadside nature reserves, carrying out practical work and surveys. They are also Honorary Wardens at the Longfield Chalk Bank, where they survey for the rare grey mouse ear plant which is what makes the little known reserve so special. Rosemary serves as Treasurer for the North West Kent Local Group, while John has helped the group organise outdoor meetings and walks.

Dave Wood

Dave volunteers with the Kent Wildlife Trustís Seasearch diving survey programme. He has participated in the majority of the Trustís diving surveys ever since, where his contribution ranges from diving experience and species identification, to impressive sea life photography. He has contributed a vast amount of time to going through his photos, cataloguing them and tagging them with species so that they can be easily selected for magazines, training programmes and websites. In 2012 Daveís involvement in Seasearch was featured in the national Wildlife Trustís magazine, Natural World and an article he wrote to inspire others across the country to become involved in marine surveys.

Pictured: Ron Drury, presenting the Awards of behalf of the MCT to John & Rosemary Roberts (top), John Bartlett (middle) and Paula & Georgia Sweeney, on behalf of Owen Sweeney (bottom)


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