Orkney Wildlife Youth Forum Launched

Young adults have the unique opportunity to gain valuable hands-on conservation experience by creating and running a wildlife youth forum to protect and promote Orkney’s wildlife with the world’s largest invasive species eradication project.

The wildlife youth forum offers Orkney young folk the chance to have their say and be actively involved in wildlife conservation in Orkney. Young adults also have an opportunity to acquire valuable insight into a major conservation project, as well as develop their interests in the company of others sharing similar passions.

Activities will be determined by the members and could include opportunities to take part in practical conservation, such as wildlife surveying, in collaboration with the Orkney Native Wildlife Project (ONWP) providing valuable experience for anyone keen in a conservation career.

Holly Peek, ONWP Education Officer, said:

“Orkney is famous for its landscape, nature and wildlife. There is so much creativity here too and we wanted young people to have a voice in what that looks like in the future.

“There are not many youth forums that has invasive species and wildlife as their focus, so this is a unique chance for anyone with passion and commitment to join in something to make a difference.”

There are many different roles available on the wildlife youth forum which suits all abilities. These range from conservation science, field work to public relations and management.

For more information on the eight roles available, and how to get hands-on protecting Orkney’s native wildlife for the future visit: www.orkneynativewildlife.org.uk/get-involved/learning

Stoat traps in Orkney Image Credit Bell

See also: Two Events to Raise Awareness of the Stoat Eradication Project

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