The Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group has been voted winners of the prestigious Wildlife Watch Group of the Year’ by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.
The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts said: “This year, the winner of the Wildlife Watch Group of the Year award is Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Well done Rushcliffe.
“This fantastic group is really led by the children. They spent lots of time outdoors – a must for a watch group – and lots of their members have won hedgehog awards this year by helping wildlife in their area.
“Their group has a knitted hedgehog mascot called Mr Hedgehog. The children take it in turns to take Mr Hedgehog on adventures, completing his diary over the course of the year.
“In 2017 they made treats for the birds, built a mini-beast hotel, picked litter, went on a fungi hunt and that was just a few of their sessions.”
Judge, Ellie Bottomley, said: “A fun, creative and enthusiastic group who impressed me with their hedgehog diary of wild adventures which carried on outside of group activities.”
Fellow Judge, Ben Cook, said: “This group is really led by what the children want to do. A good mix of fun and learning – great.”
The Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group meets every second Saturday of the month throughout the year – except August – at the Education Room in Rushcliffe Country Park.
The group, which is the junior section of the Wildlife Trusts, is aimed at children aged from eight to 13, although there is no strict age restriction at the Rushcliffe group, as there are some younger siblings that enjoy the sessions very much and the group always welcomes new members with open arms.
For further information, contact Geoff East on 07804 297041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.