Tees Valley Volunteer Wins National Award

Photo of a sanderling, in winter white and grey plumage, on a sandy foreshore with wet pebbles and larger stones. Text reads 'Volunteer Wins National Award'.

Tees Valley volunteer, Ashleigh Carter, one of three national winners of the Marsh Young Volunteer Award for Marine Conservation. Jacky Watson, our Wilder Coast Officer, tells us a bit about why she won.

Ashleigh was nominated because of her enthusiasm and personal commitment to coastal and marine species. A Marine Biology student, she joined Tees Valley Wildlife Trust in 2018 on our Wader Team. She began working on bird disturbance surveys and stood fast against the harsh winter weather. Then, in partnership with Durham Wildlife Trust, she became part of the warden team for the little terns nesting on Seaton Carew.

She has a great eye for bird spotting and communicating her knowledge and enthusiasm with the public. She has also become an Environmental Education volunteer and talked to school groups about coastal habitats and species.

Ashleigh has her own Facebook page, ‘Teesside Coastal Wildlife‘, which has become a hub for live cetacean sightings and an effective forum community forum. Congratulations Ashleigh!

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