Last modified: 07 March 2013
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A leading conservation charity is urging people across the country to share their inspiring conservation stories.
RSPB Scotland is currently seeking entries for its annual Nature of Scotland Awards, before the nomination process closes on the 15th March.
The awards aim to recognise excellence and innovation from individuals, projects and organisations who work hard to conserve Scotland’s precious natural heritage, habitats and species.
As well as accepting entries in the six existing categories, this year the Nature of Scotland Awards will celebrate the work of those bringing the natural world closer to children and young people, as well as those stepping up to make a difference in their local community.
The judging panel will once again be led by Director of RSPB Scotland Stuart Housden OBE. He will be joined by respected naturalist, conservationist and author Sir John Lister-Kaye OBE, BBC presenter and wildlife expert Euan McIlwraith, Dr Ian Jardine, Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Natural Heritage and Sophie Stafford, editor of the BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Stuart Housden, RSPB Scotland Director and head judge, said: “Last year we were overwhelmed by the volume and calibre of entries. It is a real privilege to be able to recognise and reward some truly inspirational projects. As 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland we look forward to hearing even more of these motivating stories. My fellow judges and I are also delighted to announce the creation of two new categories which we believe will celebrate the amazing efforts being made to connect more people to the natural environment.”
The Nature of Scotland Awards, organised by RSPB Scotland, is free to enter. Shortlisted entries will be announced during a reception at the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament on 18th June 2013 with the final award ceremony scheduled to take place in 30th October 2013 at the Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh.
For more information or to make a nomination visit www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland.