13-year-old Daniel Lewis recently combined his passion for nature and photography with impressive fundraising efforts in aid of RSPB Cymru.
A budding wildlife photographer, Daniel Lewis, from Edwardsville, Merthyr Tydfil, has provided RSPB Cymru with a kind Christmas gift. He went on a fundraising journey as he undertook a 100-photo challenge of the wildlife found at his local nature reserve.
With his passion for nature and photography shining through in his favourite hobby, Daniel found a way where he could combine both and raise money to help nature. Whilst at his local reserve, Parc Taf Bargoed, he had the idea to undertake a 100-photo challenge to raise money in aid of RSPB Cymru.
Daniel Lewis, said: "I love photography and I spend a lot of my time taking photos of the wildlife around me and making videos. I love nature and I thought it would be a really good idea to combine the two and raise money for RSPB Cymru which helps our towns and villages teem with wildlife."
Daniel created a Just Giving page and shared his quest to reach 100 photos on his Instagram. He raised over £100 for RSPB Cymru which will go towards vital work to help populations of birds in Wales that aren’t doing very well, such as curlews and choughs.
His photos captured the wide range of wildlife found at Parc Taf Bargoed and following encouragement from family and friends, he undertook mini challenges to capture target birds which frequently visit the reserve, such as the green woodpecker – the largest of the UK’s three breeding species of woodpeckers. Daniel enjoyed his fundraising efforts so much that he’s since gone on to become a RSPB Cymru volunteer fundraiser as a pin badge box minder.
RSPB Cymru Community Fundraiser, Rob Williams, said: “Daniel’s photo challenge is a fantastic example of thinking outside the box for a different way in which to fundraise for wildlife. I particularly like his picture of the local heron struggling to eat an ambitiously large fish. Daniel was presented with a certificate and a limited edition golden curlew pin badge for his outstanding effort and we look forward to seeing how much Daniel might raise during 2019.”
We are always on the lookout for people to volunteer with RSPB Cymru; be that helping with physical work on reserves, behind the desk in the office with translations or through giving us a hand with our crucial conservation work. For more information on how you can fundraise or volunteer for RSPB Cymru, please email Robert.Williams@rspb.org.uk.