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Wargrave wildlife project wins £1,000 conservation award

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Dorothy Morley Conservation Award BBOWT WargraveChildren from Robert Piggott Schools explore Mumbery Nature Reserve, Wargrave. Pic: Wendy Tobitt

Dozens of schoolchildren from Robert Piggott Schools in Wargrave joined local residents today to celebrate the presentation of the Dorothy Morley Conservation Award to Mumbery Nature Reserve Volunteers.

The Mumbery Nature Reserve Volunteers have won £1,000, the top award in the Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards, for their project creating a fascinating and wildlife-rich nature reserve, which local schoolchildren explore on nature trails and bug hunts.

Dan Akam, Community Wildlife Officer with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), which runs the Award scheme, praised the group’s achievements.

“The judges were impressed with the ways they created special features so that schoolchildren and local residents can get close to their local wildlife. It is still a work in progress but already children are having nature lessons in the outdoor classroom, there’s wildlife in the pond, and the new hedgerows are bearing fruit this autumn.”

Also taking part in the ceremony were representatives from Five A Day Market Garden in Englefield, the runner-up group, which received an award of £500.

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust administers the bi-annual Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards for community projects that are beneficial to local people and wildlife. The award scheme, which has been running since 2000, is a tribute to the dedicated conservationist Dorothy Morley who lived in West Berkshire. The continuation of the award scheme has been made possible through the outstanding generosity of her family.