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News - May 2010 - Wildlife award wows junior naturalists

Paxton Pits Wildlife Watch group has been named the Wildlife Trusts' 'Wildlife Watch Group of the Year'
A nature group for children based at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Little Paxton has won a national award. Paxton Pits Wildlife Watch group has been named the Wildlife Trusts' 'Wildlife Watch Group of the Year'. This is just one year on from them winning 'best new group' in the same competition. The award recognises the achievements of Wildlife Watch clubs across the UK.

On Sunday 9th May 2010 the Paxton Pits Wildlife Watch group gathered at an awards ceremony at the Paxton Pits visitors centre. Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire presented the group with a special trophy, as well as a certificate signed by the TV presenter and The Wildlife Trusts' Vice President, Chris Packham. They were also awarded £75 of gardening vouchers.

Also attending the presentation were Ken Churchill, Local District Councillor for Little Paxton as well as partners from Huntingdonshire District Council and the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.

Wildlife Watch Officer Amanda Swinford said "The group has achieved so much over quite a short period of time. We are extremely proud of the group's achievements and it's testament to the hard work and dedication of the Wildlife Watch Leaders that the group is so successful".

The judges were impressed with the variety of activities the group took part in during 2009 and the children were able to have say in what the group did. It was clear that this really helped the children to appreciate their local wildlife more, and increased their understanding and concern for the natural environment. Group member Laura, nine, said "The Paxton Group is fun and I have learnt a lot."
Paxton Pits Wildlife Watch Group receive their award from Brian Eversham

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife Trust. The children attending the group take part in a number of brilliant wildlife activities, from pond dipping and bug hunting, to bird watching and arts and crafts. Wildlife Watch groups are run by dedicated volunteers who register as Wildlife Watch Leaders.

The Paxton group is a joint group with the RSPB and has benefited from invaluable support from project partners Huntingdonshire District Council who manage Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.