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Why Enter The Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards?

The 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards in the Channel Islands are fast approaching!

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards – and we’ve already received some fantastic entries! It’s not too late however, so if you’d like to enter your conservation project, no matter how big or small, do so HERE

Whilst entries continue to be added, we thought it’d be great to catch up with some of the projects from previous years in the competition.

Living Streets Guernsey entered the Conservations Awards mainly because it wanted to highlight its Baubigny Schools enhancement programme to provide an outside learning area for the two schools. We hoped that we might finally receive some recognition for all the hard work over the years. 

Winning the award was a bonus, and the prize money has enabled us to further improve the area for the schools. We would encourage all groups involved in conservation projects, however large or small, to enter the competition to gain recognition for their work.

Pat Wisher of Living Streets 2014 winners

The Marine Biology section entered the CI Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards both to promote the educational work we were doing and in the hope of securing further funding for the project. We were very glad to be successful on both counts. The profiling of the project that we received as a result of winning was very valuable in that it helped us get it into the public domain and keep building engagement.

Francis Binney of Societe Jersiaise’s Marine Biology Section, 2014 winners.

I applied to the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards in 2014 to try and get funding towards my PhD research studying the grass snake and slowworm populations in Jersey. As well as providing an opportunity for funding, I felt that the awards would allow me to showcase the work that I am carrying out and to inform more people of the conservation issues we are faced with.

When the results came in, I had been pipped to the post for The Peter Walpole People’s Choice Award, however I was honoured and delighted to be awarded the Inspiration Award.

Not only was the funding received extremely useful in keeping my research going, but the acknowledgement that I am doing a good job was equally rewarding (along with a nice trophy and certificate!).

For anyone thinking about applying for the awards this year, I would strongly encourage it. Chances to get funding for conservation work are few and far between, and perhaps less so praise for the work we take on. Applying for these awards will also give you a chance to discuss your conservation project with others, and to meet likeminded conservationists working on other projects in the Channel Islands. Good luck!

Robert J. Ward of Biodiversity Management 

 

The CLOSING DATE for entries is 8th May 2015!


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