Hampshire Wildlife Watch Groups Win National Awards - The Directory Group

Hampshire Wildlife Watch groups win national awards

Two of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Watch groups have won national recognition in the Wildlife Watch Group of the Year awards.

Testwood Lakes Wildlife Watch secured second place out of over 300 Watch groups across the country, and Southsea Wildlife Watch was highly commended.

All groups were judged against the following criteria:

• An interesting and varied programme
• Well-structured and organised meetings
• A range of approaches and activities
• Opportunities for practical participation
• Plenty of outdoor activity
• Lots of fun!

Steve Bowles, Testwood Wildlife Watch group leader, said: “Everybody at Testwood Lakes Wildlife Watch was really excited to hear about our award in the Wildlife Watch Group of the Year competition. We have a great group of children and a fantastic team of helpers in a wonderful location - so all the ingredients for success! But, more importantly, getting children involved in the great outdoors, wherever you are, is a joy and a privilege and one of the most important challenges our society faces.”

Becky O’Melia, Education and Engagement Manager said: “We have eight wonderful Wildlife Watch groups run by dedicated volunteers who are passionate about wildlife and connecting people to it. We were delighted to see two of them recognised by the awards! Wildlife Watch is an excellent way to get outside as a family and find out more about the amazing wildlife that lives in your local area.”

Taking part in Wildlife Watch is a wonderful way to explore your surroundings and get closer to local wildlife. Find out more:www.hiwwt.org.uk/wildlife-watch-and-tots

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, and Meon Valley