Wildlife group’s 20th anniversary

Kemnay Wildlife explorers: The Kemnay group is the oldest RSPB Wildlife Explorers group in Scotland.'Picture: RSPB Scotland
Kemnay Wildlife explorers: The Kemnay group is the oldest RSPB Wildlife Explorers group in Scotland.'Picture: RSPB Scotland

Kemnay Wildlife Explorers recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary. The Kemnay group is the oldest RSPB Wildlife Explorer’s group in Scotland and at the end of January, group leaders and members past and present gathered in Kemnay for the festivities.

During the evening, RSPB Scotland presented the group with a ‘Long Service Award’ in recognition of their achievement. Jim Piggins, who has led the group for the last fifteen years, accepted the award. He said: “It does not seem like 15 years since I was first associated with the Kemnay Group. We have tried to offer children a wide variety of talks and visits over those years. It’s always rewarding to see young people being interested and excited by something in the natural world.”

The group, which offers wildlife activities for children aged up to twelve, has been running as part of the RSPB since 1992.

Tracey Stewart, RSPB Scotland Youth Officer commented: “We’re so pleased that the Kemnay Wildlife Explorer Group has reached the grand old age of 20. A huge thank you must go to all of the group’s volunteer leaders, past and present, who have put in so much time and effort over the years to make this group a success. We hope the Kemnay group will continue to inspire children about nature, wildlife and the RSPB for the next 20 years and beyond.”

Wildlife Explorer groups are part of the junior membership of the RSPB. Activities include wildlife watching trips, conservation activities, indoor meetings and talks. The groups are run by teams of highly motivated and enthusiastic volunteers. The key objectives are to inspire young people about nature while also having fun.

There are a number of Wildlife Explorer groups running in Aberdeenshire, including in Aberdeen, Ellon, Kemnay and Fraserburgh. To find out more information, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/localgroups or contact the RSPB East Scotland office on (01224) 624824.