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Hampshire IOW Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers are once again offering the chance for young people aged 12-18 years to take part in wildlife conservation activities at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve, Totton.

The group had been running for over three years prior to Covid; now it is finally back! Each of the activities the young people take part in will contribute towards a John Muir Award.

The John Muir Award is a recognised environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for the natural environment in a way that is enjoyable and important to them.
Young people will gain valuable experience in wildlife identification, practical conservation and bushcraft skills, as well as a deeper connection with their local environment.

Grace Brennan, Education Officer for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, says: “We are keen to provide more opportunities for young people to get involved with nature. It is also important that teenagers have the chance to learn new skills, meet like-minded people, and enjoy spending time outdoors in a safe environment. By offering the opportunity to take part in a recognised award scheme we are acknowledging the efforts of these young people.”

Orlando, who previously attended the club, said: “I enjoy coming to Wildlife Rangers because I find it fascinating to see how wildlife is managed.” Megan, who also attended, explained: “I enjoy coming to Wildlife Rangers because I learn new things that can help me make the environment better for wildlife.”

Last Saturday of the month from 2 – 4 pm.
Call 02380 667929
or email testwoodlakes@hiwwt.org.uk