RGCG wins biodiversity award

The River Glaven Conservation Group has won the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership “Community Biodiversity Award”.

On the 23rd July, Robin Combe, Ian Shepherd and Carl Sayer represented the RGCG at the Annual Norfolk Biodiversity awards held at the Abbey Conference Centre in Norwich. In presenting the Glaven group with the award the judges commended the RGCG for working with landowners and inspiring them “to do different” resulting in long-term improvements in biodiversity, along with benefits for local people living in the Glaven valley.

Robin gave a thankyou speech at the awards. In particular he thanked Ian Shepherd for his tireless work over many year
Robin gave a thankyou speech at the awards. In particular he thanked Ian Shepherd for his tireless work over many year

The RGCG was formed in 1999 following early discussions on the banks of Bayfield Lake between Carl Sayer, Robin Combe and the late Wilf Hargreaves-Turner of the Bayfield Angling Society. This was the very spot where a young Sayer had been caught poaching by Robin, who instead of telling him off, encouraged him to catch a fish for a wounded otter! Young Sayer never forgot that day…

Carl and Ian look on as Robin speaks to the audience.
Carl and Ian look on as Robin speaks to the audience.

At the early Bayfield discussions Robin Combe suggested that Ian Shepherd could be a good driving force for such a group and of course he was not wrong. Ian, as secretary (in the fullest sense), has worked tirelessly for the RGCG since its beginning and of course many other environmental courses in Norfolk. Ian is amazing! The RGCG is very lucky to have him.

But the RGCG is a team effort and all committee members and members have played a part in its success. So well done all!

Thanks to Gemma Clarke for the photographs.

Carl Sayer