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Andover and Bourne Valley Wildlife Watch

ABVWW is a junior branch club of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust. It exists to encourage children to learn about, and appreciate British wildlife and the environment. Our group caters for children and young people aged between 5 and 15, helping them to learn about nature and giving the opportunity for them to take part in conservation projects. The younger (5-11ish) members of the club meet twice monthly, on Friday evenings, at St Mary Bourne, and all members are invited to attend monthly meetings "in the field" at various venues around Andover. These meetings usually take place on Saturday mornings.

In addition to this, the group hold a summer family camp, and various day trips. Older members in particular may form or join work parties, gaining their Wildlife Watch Gold Awards and John Muir Conservation Awards as they work, learn, and play together.

ABVWW is relatively new, but has been successful since it began in May of 2002. It won the Best New Group of the Year Award in 2002, and the Best Group in UK Award 2003! One of our eldest members, Simon, was the UK Young Environmental Champion of the Year in 2003, and a UK winner in the World Championships. The youngest members of the group have won the prestigious national Anglian Otter Award for 2002 and 2003.

This year, members are concentrating on issues concerned with water, and our sealife in particular, with a project already underway to raise funds and public awareness about the threats to our sealife, particularly dolphins. This project includes a sponsored swim of 1408 lengths, or 22 miles, by Simon, who hopes to raise 1408 for our S.E. seas. Please contact us if you would like to sponsor him!

ABVWW have their main website at: http://www.abvww.ik.com/ Please visit us to find out more about our activities, past, present and future, or telephone 01264 738236

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