Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland
RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, and exists to tackle the issues that threaten our spectacular natural environment. Aberdeen is one of the best places in Europe to see bottlenose dolphins throughout the year, yet many people who have lived in the city their whole life do not know they have this amazing wildlife right on their doorstep. RSPB’s Dolphinwatch project gives people the chance to see these charismatic creatures and learn more about them.
Visitors have the opportunity to see dolphins in their natural habitat as well as finding out about the way they live from RSPB’s expert staff. It has been a huge success so far and funding will enable RSPB to set up a brand new schools and community engagement project across the city; inspiring a deep and lasting connection to marine wildlife and a passion to protect it.
Sussex Wildlife Trust
50 years of Woods Mill: taking conservation into the next generation
June 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of nature education and engagement at Woods Mill; Sussex Wildlife Trust’s flagship education centre and nature reserve. It was the first Wildlife Trust visitor centre to open in the UK. Since 1968 Woods Mill has inspired and educated children and adults about wildlife, yet throughout the same period many of our most iconic species and habitats have declined dramatically. Woods Mill is a special place to discover nature and acts as a ‘living classroom’ where people are inspired by the natural world.
This project will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Woods Mill, and use the opportunity to make people aware of the decline in some of our most iconic species and encourage them to take action through a programme of habitat conservation and education.