Accolades awarded for 'wild' adventures in Alford

Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Alford Wildlife Watch groupAlford Wildlife Watch group - Margot Charlton

Winners of The Wildlife Trusts’ Watch Group of the Year announced.

The Wildlife Trusts’ network of Watch Groups is providing thousands of children with something very special and important – regular contact with nature and inspiring mentors to foster a love of wildlife

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Alford Wildlife Watch Club has been awarded second place in this year’s Watch Group of the Year competition. The judges loved the variety of sessions. From life under the microscope, to den building and orienteering, they did it all!

The judges were especially impressed by the conservation activities that the groups tried. They took part in a jellyfish survey and a litter pick, and also planted marram grasses to create sand dunes for flood defences.

Margot Charlton, Alford Wildlife Watch Club’s Leader, said:

“It’s wonderful! These children are so enthusiastic and now they know just how amazing they are.”

Cambourne Wildlife Watch, based in Cambridgeshire, was announced as ‘Watch Group of the Year 2015’.

Cambourne Wildlife Watch group will receive a special trophy and 40 Vine House Farm vouchers, worth £40, with £20 going to Alford Wildlife Watch Group in Lincolnshire, for scooping second place. Suffolk-based Hadleigh Wildlife Watch Club - announced as the best new group – will also receive a special trophy. All our winners receive a certificate, signed by TV presenter and passionate conservationist Nick Baker.

Nick Baker, The Wildlife Trusts’ Vice President – who uses @bugboybaker on twitter – said:

“The Wildlife Trusts’ network of Watch Groups is providing thousands of children with something very special and important – regular contact with nature and inspiring mentors to foster a love of wildlife. In an ideal world every child would be able to access groups like these so please support your Wildlife Trust and help us to reach more children and make every child wild.”


Watch Group of the Year 2015

First place

Cambourne Wildlife Watch, The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Second place

Alford Wildlife Watch Club, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Best New Wildlife Watch Group Winner

Hadleigh Wildlife Watch, Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Highly Commended

  • Newcastleton Wildlife Watch Group, Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Lytham Wildlife Watch, Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  • Rushcliffe Watch Group, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • The Get Grubby Gang, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Jupiter Wildlife Watch, Scottish Wildlife Trust


Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch encourages and nurtures young people’s interest in wildlife and the environment by creating learning opportunities, and inspiring personal participation and celebration. We have 150,000 subscribing members around the UK and support a network of adult volunteers working with young people, including running groups, and a large number of subscribing schools and educators.

Wildlife Watch groups are run by teams of adult volunteers supported by their local Wildlife Trust and some central resource. Groups encourage member contribution at all levels and operate according to guidelines designed to ensure young members can enjoy experiencing their natural world whilst remaining safe from harm. 

Every Child Wild

Wildlife Watch groups are just one of the ways that The Wildlife Trusts are working towards making Every Child Wild. Our new campaign wants to see the wild put back into childhood – for every child in the UK.

We’re working with teachers, parents and children themselves to demonstrate the value of a wild childhood – from home life to school time, and these regular Wildlife Watch sessions give children access to wild experiences: increasing their confidence and creativity, encouraging exercise, expanding their understanding of the world around them and giving them valuable social time, too.

Wildlife Watch is The Wildlife Trusts’ branch for its junior members, who receive four copies of Wildlife Watch magazine every year, a membership pack, and access to events and activities. To find out more about Wildlife Watch and how to join, visit

The Wildlife Trusts run more than 200 regular nature clubs for children across the UK, from Nature Tots and Wildlife Watch groups, to junior volunteering groups and regular WildPlay sessions for the whole family. Find out more at

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