Chris Rogers, Sheila Flynn, David Johnson, Gareth Christian, Jim Eather, Dave Eather, Judith Hathrill and Sharon Gisby
Chris Rogers and Sheila Flynn
Chris and Sheila have been volunteering with the Ashford Sunday team since 2009, and are also involved with the work of Kent Wildlife Trust at Hothfield Heathlands. Their standing in the local area and in the dog walking community has been of great advantage to Kent Wildlife Trust, raising the profile of the trust, drawing in new volunteers and creating useful contacts within the community. They officially took on the role of Honorary Wardens for Hothfield Heathlands in 2014. Chris’ most recent venture is to raise funds for the Trust by selling stools and wooden mushrooms that he has made from materials felled on the reserve.
Claire has been on the North West Kent Local Group committee since 1990 and its secretary since 1993, diligently attending and recording meetings as well as providing much sought after refreshments! Claire has a full time job which sometimes requires her to work on the evening of a meeting, in which case she ensures that everything is prepared in advance. This year, Claire will be standing down from the committee and her award will provide recognition of her calm and capable dedication to the group for many years.
David helped to set up the North West Kent Local Group in October 1983 and has been a member of the committee since the first AGM in 1984. He was Chairman of the Group from 1993 to 1995, has been the group’s Indoor Meeting Organiser for many years, organising an engaging and varied programme of speakers, and is currently Vice-Chairman of the group. David is a keen birder and orchid expert, giving presentations to the group on the latter and leading some walks for the group as part of the outdoor meeting activities.
Gareth has been a dedicated volunteer at Kent Wildlife Trust for over a decade and is a skilled chainsaw, brush cutter and herbicide operator, team leader and a keen photographer – his wildlife images have been included in a number of publications. He has been an enthusiastic and committed supporter of Ecology Groups in the Darent Triangle since its inception, regularly contributing to habitat condition surveys and submitting biological records of everything from mammals to reptiles to moths and other invertebrates. Gareth is a highly valued and respected member of the volunteer team.
Jim and Dave Eather
Dave has been a volunteer for 13 years in the Medway area. He is a trained and very active brush-cutter operator and his engineering background has proved very helpful when anything mechanical on the reserves requires repair or replacement. Jim has been a volunteer since 2008, also in the Medway areas, and has turned his hand to many tasks. He is always ready to encourage new members of the team and his record-keeping experience contributes to many botanical surveys on the reserves. Jim also volunteers at the Tyland Barn Visitor Centre 2 days a week and is a friendly and welcoming face to visitors.
Judith joined the team of Wild About Gardens volunteers in 2011, visiting around 10 gardens per year and sharing her gardening and wildlife knowledge with others – she is particularly good at encouraging people to create small wildlife friendly ponds. She also offers assistance with events and office admin, running a check-in desk at the annual celebration event which attracted 300 guests amongst other events. Judith is a good mentor for new volunteers, running training sessions and encouraging other volunteers to become mentors.
Sharon has volunteered with Shoresearch since 2014, taking on a lead role in surveys very soon afterwards. In 2015, she began to volunteer with the marine team in the office once a week, steadily working her way through the marine team’s immense catalogue of photos and taking on the task of deciphering scribbled lists of a mixture of Latin and non-Latin named species from the Shoresearch surveys so that they can be circulated to the right people.