Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards 2018 Ronez & Durrell Wildlife Win Top Prize
The top prize in the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards 2018 has been won by Ronez and Durrell Wildlife for their joint initiative to support the return of the red- billed chough to their quarry site. This is the latest phase in the rare bird release pro- gramme in Jersey managed by Durrell. The top prize of £1500 will be donated by Ronez to Durrell Wildlife, so that they can continue their work with these magnificent birds.
Angela Salmon, one of the judges this year, noted “The winning projects are all making a fantastic contribution to nature conservation. The projects have involved many members of our community and these projects will be enjoyed by adults and chil- dren. The people leading the winning projects showed great knowledge, understand- ing and enthusiasm for nature conservation and they are also keen to share their knowledge by educating others.”
This year’s runner-up prize of £1000 is awarded to Neil Singleton of Birding Tours Jersey. Their initiative is aimed at introducing the wonders of Jersey wildlife to every level of the community, from school children to parish & church groups and the gen- eral public.
The £500 Best School Project went to St Peter’s School and their Bird-Cam Project, which is designed to encourage and involve pupils in their existing studies of science and Life Cycles.
The £250 Conservationist of the Year Award was given to Sarah Maguire for her BioBlitz project aimed at supporting an annual BioBlitz assessment at every Jersey school.
The Peter Walpole People’s Choice Award, which was created in honour of the founder of Insurance Corporation and this competition, went to BioBlitz Jersey. They received the most public votes on the company’s website and receive £500 towards the project.
Michelle Arundale, HR & PR Executive for Insurance Corporation and Chairman of the Judging panel said that they were overwhelmed with the entries they received this year:
“This year we had a difficult task to shortlist entries for judging for the first time in the history of the competition. We had such a fabulous response this year and we were delighted to see such a variety of projects entering. The judging day is always a real pleasure and provides a great insight into finding out all about the fantastic local conservation projects going on around our community and the Bailiwick. It is also a chance to meet the inspirational people behind the projects doing their utmost to en- hance our natural environment in so many different ways. Congratulations to all the entrants and especially our winners.”
View all photographs from the awards ceremony HERE
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