The final 12 include Gareth Nunn, from Loddon, who runs a school bird-watching club, Hannah Hall, from Norwich, who organises local litter picks and Niamph Down, from Dereham, who builds bug mansions in her garden.
Other members of the group are avid bird and bat watchers, while some volunteer at local nature reserves or are members of their school’s eco council. The group also includes Keira Neave, from Beetley, the winner of a nature photography competition, and Keiran Walpole, from Fakenham, who was hailed a local hero for rescuing 130 toads off a busy road near Dereham earlier this year.
The first meeting of the 2018/19 Junior Board took place in July at which they discussed new event ideas, their favourite things about nature, and ways to encourage more families to spend time outdoors. They agreed that the more people got to understand the natural world, the more likely they would be to protect it.
Deb Jordan, owner of Pensthorpe Natural Park, comments: “It’s a delight to see so many passionate and enthusiastic young nature-lovers get together to share ideas and talk about ways to protect the environment.
“At this age these inspiring young people are already making positive changes in their local communities. Encouraging others to see the merits of the natural world is high on their agenda, as is the desire to get more children outside to explore what nature has to offer. We share these values with the group and are excited to see where our future brainstorming sessions will take us!”
The group will next meet in October 2018.
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