The success continues for the Portlethen Moss Conservation Group who have been short-listed in the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.
It was reported last week how the group received funding from Scottish National Heritage (SNH) to carry out work over the winter months.
This time they have learned that they have made the shortlist for the third annual Nature of Scotland Awards for their Portlethen Community Woodland project.
The project was entered into the ‘Community Initiative’ category and the RSPB judges announced last Tuesday August 12 the shortlist.
The shortlist represents a cross section of businesses, charities, the public sector and individuals working toward conserving the country’s unique wildlife and natural environment.
Denise Martin, chair of the Conservation Group told us about this success in the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards and the group has been nominated in two categories.
She said: “We entered our second project for this which is the creation of a new native woodland in Portlethen on a separate site from Portlethen Moss.
“We entered the project into the Community Initiative category and the RSPB judges contacted us to say they were also putting us forward for the Youth and Education category.
“They felt that because we had involved the local schools since the inception of this project that it fitted well into this category.”
The judging panel includes BBC presenter Euan McIlwraith, wildlife editor Sophie Stafford, Chief Executive of SNH Ian Jardine, respected naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye OBE, and is chaired by RSPBs Director in Scotland, Stuart Housden OBE.
Denise was invited to a reception at the Scottish Parliament last Tuesday where the short-list was announced.
Winners will be announced at a special a black tie gala at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh on November 20.
Naturalist, author and TV presenter Chris Packham has been signed up to host RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards this year.
He said: ““I am absolutely delighted to be hosting the RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards this year. Scotland is home to a fantastic wealth of wildlife and habitats that we need to invest our time and energy in for future generations.
“That’s why it’s so encouraging to see such a wide range of projects being shortlisted for an award this year, from people who are truly passionate about conserving nature.
‘‘The judges are going to have a tough time picking out the eventual winners but I look forward to being there to congratulate them on their achievement in November.”