Volunteer awards

Volunteer awards

Awards are presented at our AGM where we recognise outstanding individual and group contributions and present lifetime achievement awards. 

The volunteers awards recognise and celebrate all the hard work our volunteers across the three counties do throughout the year, every year, in all weathers, giving so generously of their time and skills.

“It’s no understatement to say that without our volunteers we simply wouldn’t be able to achieve the results for wildlife that we do”
Barbara Muston presenting the 2019 awards
Chair of the trustees, BBOWT

Meet the winners!

2019 winners

For their Outstanding Individual contributions

John Ashford 
John has been an active volunteer with BBOWT since 2011 when he first joined the Berkshire midweek team in the year he ‘retired’ at 75 years old! He quickly became a key member of the group, working his socks off and engendering a keen sense of identity and camaraderie within the group. Aside from running regular surveys for fungi, orchids and geology, John has also led guided walks and taken on a mentor role for the Wildlife Trainees. John has developed a great feeling of trust, friendship and companionship within the team. 

Carol Dedman
Carol is dedicated, loyal, reliable and completely unflappable! She has been supporting College Lake’s education administration since early 2014. Among her many tasks she works on the education database bookings, even ringing schools before their visit to make sure everything is in order, collates data for reporting and generates all the ‘paperwork’ that is needed for the team. Whilst most of what she does is unseen, she is a hugely important and valued part of the team and her impact is vital.

Elizabeth Henderson
Dedicated and enthusiastic, Elizabeth Henderson (or 'Liz') plays an essential part in running the charcoal burning at Warburg Nature Reserve. This allows the raw materials from coppicing to be transformed into a sellable product. She ensures the whole process, from the burns to the unloading of the kilns, runs smoothly. This includes visiting the kilns, sometimes several times, at the end of burning to check the smoke - necessary for determining when the chimneys should be closed off. She has also run charcoal burning training courses for volunteers and members at Warburg Nature Reserve, again providing essential support and organisation to the course from beginning to end. 

Peter Simpson
Peter is a long-term dedicated volunteer, a reservoir of extremely invaluable historical site knowledge at Warburg Nature Reserve, who has made a huge contribution to the charcoal burning team at Warburg Nature Reserve. He takes conservation very seriously, and he is the technical lead in the charcoal burning. Peter does a lot of research into safety Equipment to enable the charcoal team to work safely with this very dusty product.  He has also been the driving force behind technical adaptations, including an enclosed rotary sieve that has significantly improved the charcoal produced. 

Sue Taylor
“It’s as if I have been going around blind until now” is a well known phrase to those who attended Sue's 'Introduction to recording invertebrates' course. Sue wrote, organised and presented the course, driven by her desire to share the huge amount of detailed knowledge she has gained about invertebrates. The free indoor and outdoor practical seminar took place over four Sundays at Dancersend. In the words of one attendee, "We were transfixed!" 

For their Outstanding Group Contributions

Buckinghamshire Mid-week Team 
The Buckinghamshire Mid-Week Team is a “roving” team, which concentrates its efforts in the south of the county. Known as the 'A-Team' they have existed for around 10 years, meeting weekly, often travelling up to an hour to sites, regardless of the weather or task. Part of their role has been helping with our push to restore chalk grassland sites across the Buckinghamshire side of the Chilterns which has benefited many of the rare orchids and butterflies that find their home on these isolated sites. It is no exaggeration to say that, without them, we would not achieve our work plan in South Buckinghamshire. 

Chimney Meadows work party 
The Friends of Chimney Meadows are recognised for changing what was arable, barren and overgrazed land to the wildlife-rich landscape it is today. Twice a month the volunteers venture out in order to keep on top of all the vegetation and infrastructure management, which is a very big job. The group accomplishes a huge amount in a day from scrub clearance, cutting back protruding branches and making habitat piles, to dead-hedging, fence repairs, and car park maintenance. Each member complements the group with their unique skills, sharing a great sense of camaraderie and a passion to care for the wildlife and to create a positive experience for visitors. 
Finemere Volunteer work party