John Muir Award celebrates Welsh milestone

Cardiff student becomes 50,000th recipient of a John Muir Award in Wales

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Cardiff University student Isabel Negri has become the 50,000th recipient of the John Muir Award in Wales at a special celebration hosted by the University’s Wildlife and Conservation Society. 

Along with other members of the Wildlife and Conservation Society, Isabel has been involved in a diverse range of activities including conducting bat surveys, identifying plants, clearing pathways to create wildlife corridors, building hedges to improve nesting habitats, sampling invertebrates, studying soil composition and planting trees. Most of the work was focused on Cardiff, although the group has also explored and photographed the Brecon Beacons.

Isabel said: “It’s encouraged me to become more aware of my surroundings and spend time out in the open, observing and better connecting with wildlife and nature. Engaging in practical conservation taught me how very little effort really can make a difference to wild places."

Will Williams, a board member of the John Muir Trust since we introduced the Award in Wales back in 2000, said: "It was a great joy to see a student group use the John Muir Award in such an imaginative and creative way. The group has shown how getting involved with nature can widen the horizons of students – especially those studying subjects not directly connected with the natural world. This is an important investment in the next generation of thinkers and decision makers."

The John Muir Trust extends its congratulations to the 50,000 individuals and the hundreds of John Muir Award Providers in Wales, which include schools, outdoor centres, Welsh-speaking groups, youth and adult services, rangers and National Park teams.

We are grateful to the George Bairstow Charitable Trust for their support of the John Muir Award in Wales in 2015-16.

Da iawn!

Picture shows: Trustee Will Williams (left) and John Muir Award England and Wales Manager Phil Stubbington (right), with the recipient of the 50,000th John Muir Award in Wales, Isabel Negri, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Patricia Price, Cardiff University.