25 May 2011

Join the Wildlife Ambassadors at Peterborough Green Festival

Some of the Ambassadors building a shelter
The Wildlife Ambassador’s here at Froglife are inviting you to celebrate their work at the 20th anniversary of the Green Festival in Peterborough. The event will be held on Saturday 28th May at the Peterborough Cathedral Green from 10am till 4pm.

The Wildlife Ambassador project works with people who are looking for a fresh start in employment or education across the city. Ambassadors are offered a six week training project with the aim of empowering them to protect and support their local wildlife. They can then go on to do a personal project and further volunteering to carry on making a difference.

The current group of Ambassadors have been working on a six week project surveying for reptiles and butterflies on Hampton Nature Reserve whilst also working on the construction of an Ambassador teepee to be used at events. The Green Festival will be a fantastic opportunity for the Ambassadors to celebrate all their hard work, whilst running fun activities for families and the younger fans of wildlife!

"The Ambassadors are very excited about running a stand at the Festival. It gives them a chance to show people everything you can do on the project and how much they have learnt in six short weeks," says Laura Brady, Project Officer. "We have had such a great response from our Ambassadors so far, with many going onto a six week personal project continuing their learning and experiences with Froglife."

Wildlife Ambassador Katie McCarthy said the project made her feel "happy and connected." Ambassador Ash Jarvis adds "volunteering in the Wildlife Ambassador project really helped me learn so much about something I am passionate about. You are made to feel welcome and make new friends along the way, and get to see things you might not have seen before! It’s an excellent opportunity to find out about conservation and the wildlife around Peterborough."

People can find the Ambassadors on Saturday through the archway to the Cathedral in our fantastic teepee! The giant tent is decorated with a big Grass snake and Common lizard - two native species we have encountered on the Hampton Nature Reserve.

The Wildlife Ambassadors are looking forward to meeting lots of people interested in the project and recruiting future Ambassadors - so come along and say hello!

If you are interested in the event or in the Wildlife Ambassador project then you can either contact Laura Brady, Project Officer on 01733 425828 or laura.brady@froglife.org or visit our website www.froglife.org/ambassadors you find our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/froglifewa

Photo: Laura Brady

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