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|Title:||Going Wild for Conservation|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park |
|ID & Publication:||20131111035 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
A group of youngsters got to walk on the ‘wild side’ at award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park last week at the launch of an annual conservation awards.
Children enjoyed got back to nature by constructing ‘bug hotels’ to help the insects in the park thrive and survive.
The pupils from St Wilfred's CoE School, in Branton, also set up an Eco Friends group to help preserve vital habitats for animals, insects, trees and plants.
They visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park to mark the opening of the Conservation Champions awards, which are aimed at encouraging children to make a difference to their planet with a range of projects that help wildlife and the environment.
Each project will be judged between now and June - with the winners being unveiled in the Summer of next year.
The launch came as children are being urged to swap computer screens for outdoor activities.
Replacing 30 minutes of television and computer games each day for outdoor play would increase the levels of fitness and alertness and improve children's well-being, according to The Wild Network.
The Network, a collaboration of nearly 400 organisations from playgroups to the NHS, believes that youngsters are losing touch with nature and the outdoors.
‘Our awards are an ideal opportunity for kids to get involved in the nature that is all around them,’ said Jade Bancroft, YWP Education Officer. ‘The competition is open to individuals or groups from nursery to secondary school.
‘Getting back to nature can do so much for a child’s interest in the world around them while promoting active lives.
‘Conservation means protecting, enhancing and maintaining the natural environment and the species within it. We think anyone who does anything to help nature is a conservation champion. Even our smallest actions, such as planting a native tree or putting up bird feeders to support local wildlife can make a difference.
‘At least 16,000 species are at risk of becoming extinct so real work needs to be done.’
The awards, sponsored by BLG Logistics the distribution company for IKEA, are split into three categories : Conserve, Share or Sustain – for individuals or groups to work under.
Entrants should keep a record of their efforts, including photos and even videos and then complete the Conservation Champion application form.
Ideas stretch from planting trees, creating new animal environments to habitat clean ups, helping local conservation projects and finding ways to reduce energy.
Entries will be split into Nursery, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Secondary School levels.
Award winners and all those who participated will be celebrated at the YWP Animal Action Day next summer with special prizes, certificates and trophies for the best.
Application forms and more information are available at www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com
Yorkshire Wildlife Park puts conservation at the heart of all its activities. It is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and at risk animals, and is open daily during the winter from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00p.m. (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
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