A Passion For Nature - The Directory Group

A passion for nature

Local causes have joined forces to launch a new scheme to inspire and support young people with a passion for nature.

Led by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Young Naturalists is a new project for young people aged 13-17 with an interest in wildlife and conservation, supported by the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

Sessions will take place on the last Sunday of each month, and will include a mixture of activities to help teenagers find out more about nature, potentially inspiring them to pursue a career in conservation.

Tasks include practical conservation and habitat management, improving wildlife identification skills, and species surveys and monitoring. This also gives young naturalists the opportunity to meet others with shared interest, make new friends, and spend time with local wildlife experts.

Cameron Bespolka was a keen, active birder and naturalist who tragically died in an accident in 2013 at the age of 16. The Cameron Bespolka Trust was established in his memory to support the many different causes close to his heart.

Corinne Bespolka, of the Cameron Bespolka Trust, said: “Cameron loved everything about nature from a very young age. As he grew, his passion grew with him and although birding became his main focus, he was a naturalist through and through. We have set up a trust in his name and are delighted to be working with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to sponsor the Young Naturalists programme. A wonderful way to honour his memory, is to help other teenagers explore nature and enter a world that can be part of their future.”

Tracy Standish, Wildlife Trust Young Naturalist leader, said: “It’s really exciting to work with the Cameron Bespolka Trust to develop a project that gives young people the chance to socialise with like-minded peers and engage with nature at an important time, when they’ve outgrown children’s activities and are thinking about their future studies or careers." 

To find out about Young Naturalists, call Tracy Standish or Jim Day on 01425 472760 or email blashfordlakes@hiwwt.org.uk

For more information about the Cameron Bespolka Trust, visit www.cameronbespolkatrust.com

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley