The Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch group have been presented with their award after being voted winner of the prestigious Wildlife Watch Group of the Year for 2017 by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.
Ian Johnston, chair of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, presented the group with their award at Rushcliffe Country Park where the group meet and compiled their nature-led activity yearbook to submit towards the award.
“It’s vital that we ensure that the next generation learns about and cares for the natural world and the Rushcliffe Watch Group is doing just that,” Ian said.
“To win this national award is a fitting tribute to the energy and enthusiasm of both the leaders and helpers who run the group, and the children themselves. Well done.”
Geoff East, Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch leader, added: “We are all very proud to receive this award on behalf of the group.
“Laura, Sarah, Sharon and I always enjoy choosing the monthly themes, getting some of our ideas from the great feedback we receive from the children.
“We just want the children to enjoy the sessions and seeing smiles on their faces is enough of a reward.
“We have been fortunate to win this award, much thanks to the work that Sarah put in to produce our yearbook, as we are sure that everyone who gets involved in Wildlife Watch nationally does an equally fantastic job for their groups.”
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.”
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.
For further information, contact Geoff East on 07804 297041 or email Geast@nottswt.co.uk.