Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG) is celebrating the victory of one of their key volunteers, who has won a prestigious award for his work in the world of bats.
The Pete Guest Award is presented annually to individuals who have made an outstanding practical contribution to bat conservation. The award is presented in memory of Pete Guest, who was an inspirational figure in bat conservation for more than 20 years. The criteria for the award includes: dedication, innovation, enthusiasm and inspiration in making a difference, both to bats and to people.
Daniel Hargreaves moved to Yatton about 5 years ago. He soon joined YACWAG and immediately began to share his skills, knowledge and experience. He saw his first bat when he was 7 years old and since then has been totally hooked. He has worked as a volunteer on bat projects from Sussex to South Lancashire, Wiltshire, Hertfordshire and Middlesex. He has helped and trained volunteers in exciting projects in Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand and Nicaragua. All these groups supported his nomination for the award.
YACWAG had set up a bat project in 2004 and had participated annually in two national surveys. The group was, however, lacking any support from an experienced bat worker to further expand the project. The impetus of the group since then has been due entirely to Daniel's enthusiasm and hard work.
Daniel took the lead in YACWAG's Batmap Project, obtaining a grant of £6,000 for bat tracking equipment. Ground-breaking work has been done with the Nathusius Pipistrelle. Roosts of this species have been discovered in North Somerset for the first time by Daniel. His work locally using radio-tracking will be used to inform policies to protect bats in North Somerset.
Tony Moulin, Chair of YACWAG, said, " Daniel is a great communicator and has greatly increased the profile of our local bats. He has trained lots of local volunteers, helping others to gain experience and greatly increasing our capacity to carry out work to help bats. His work for bats is tireless and incredible. He is like one of those Victorian amateur naturalists whose enthusiasm founded nature conservation in Britain. The Pete Guest Award is a fitting recognition of what a special young man he is. We are very proud of him".
Details of the award are on the BCT website at:
Daniel's mobile number: 07786 546 800
The Bat Conservation Trust may have a press photo of him getting the award.