Friday, 09 November 2012
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and the University of Worcester awarded their inaugural ‘Greatest Contribution to Wildlife Conservation Award’ on Friday, 9th November.
Helen Woodman, reserves team leader at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, presented the award to recent graduate Peter Case at the University. The Award is sponsored by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and the University’s Institute of Science and the Environment.
Helen explained “The award is given in recognition of the student who has demonstrated their own initiative to benefit wildlife through volunteering, wildlife study and relevant research ”
Peter graduated in 2011, following a three-year BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management. During this time he volunteered for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, largely at their Christopher Cadbury Wetland Reserve at Upton Warren.
He began with practical conservation tasks such as scrub clearance, Himalayan balsam pulling and similar work at Wilden Marsh, Kidderminster.
As his studies developed Peter took on a formal work placement with the Trust and oversaw the installation of a sand martin bank (artificial habitat for breeding birds) at Upton Warren. He also assisted a water vole conservation project in Bromsgrove – contacting landowners and arranging a training day.
Helen continued “During his final year Peter worked closely with our Conservation Officer and Natural England to develop a 10-year Higher Level Stewardship application for Upton Warren. This application was successful and revenue from this helps to pay for maintenance and projects on the nature reserve.”
Peter’s Independent Study, awarded a First Class grade, investigated the flora of Upton Warren’s saltmarsh ‘flashes’ and the results are informing current management of the site.
Prof Newbury commented “We’re delighted to present this award to one of our alumni who has clearly made such a great difference to nature conservation in our county, to local communities and to a number of organisations and local authorities.
“Peter showed commitment, dedication and initiative during his time at the University of Worcester. We’re very pleased that he now works in conservation and will want to keep in touch with him as his career progresses.”
For more information about the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust visit www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk.