Three nature-loving volunteers have been given Lifetime Achievement Awards for more than 100 years' combined work helping rare birds, flowers and other wildlife.

Steve Grigson, Jan Legg and Phillip Pratt have been honoured by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) at its 2023 Volunteer Awards.

Steve Grigson has been volunteer reserve warden at BBOWT's Dry Sandford Pit reserve near Abingdon for more than 25 years.

He has helped maintain habitat for solitary bees and wasps that nest in the limestone cliffs and orchids that bloom in the site's rare lime fenland marsh, as well as maintaining pathways, gates and steps.

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Martyn Lane, BBOWT's Oxfordshire land manager, said: "Steve has led work parties, been the eyes and ears of the reserve and maintained this special place.

"It's credit to him that this reserve is so popular with families and wildlife enthusiasts alike. I'd like to thank Steve for all his dedication, enthusiasm and hard work to make this place so special.”

The charity also presented eight Outstanding Contribution Awards and four group awards.

Two Outstanding Contribution Award recipients included Phil Dyson, a volunteer warden at Cholsey Marsh near Wallingford who co-ordinates the site’s stock watchers and is part of the Oxfordshire Field team and Kathy Warden, who leads a BBOWT volunteer group at the Trust's Parsonage Moor reserve near Abingdon.

BBOWT now has more than 1,700 volunteers across the three counties who help with every part of the Trust’s work.