Cameron Bespolka Trust
The Cameron Bespolka Trust is a charity that has been set up in memory of Cameron, a young man who was devoted to nature, but who died in a tragic accident aged just 16. The aim of the charity is to inspire other young people to love and appreciate animals, in particular birds, nature, and the environment, just like Cameron did.
By experiencing the outdoors first hand, teenagers can connect with nature and make a difference to the planet. Now more than ever, young people are widely disconnected from their natural outdoor environment and are spending more and more time indoors. Research has highlighted the positive impact of nature on physical and mental wellbeing and how it is important to young people's development in every major way.
The Trust manages this by -
- creating new opportunities and programmes that involve conservation work, data collecting, research as well as understanding the impact of climate change. This knowledge can help them throughout their lives both personally or professionally
- organising and sponsoring events for teenagers to connect and appreciate the outdoors, especially those who may not have the means nor opportunity
- working closely with various partners to reach as many teenagers as possible to add another dimension to their lives and well being
CJ Wildlife sponsors the Young Ambassadors Programme
The Young Ambassadors programme is an annual team of budding naturalists who use their powerful voices to help the Trust engage with children and teenagers, sharing their passion for the natural world. We at CJ Wildlife are extremely proud to sponsor the Young Ambassadors programme and assist in the projects this enthusiastic team are so passionately managing in their communities, such as school wildlife gardens.
Our support helps bring the project to life and promote the initiative so that others are inspired to do a little something in their own patch. Every space that is shared with wildlife benefits nature just that little bit more. And this connectivity at an early age is a great step into a lifelong love of nature - something that will enhance the lives of both humans and wildlife going forward.
- We previously worked with Alex Chapman on two areas for bird care at Shaftesbury School where he has project managed a quiet woodland wildlife area with nest boxes, habitats and feeding station as well as feeders outside the classrooms. Although the launch was unable to go ahead in spring 2020, Alex has kept up his work to finish the project despite him completing his education at the school. We are hoping the rest of the school pupils are keeping up Alex's great work.
- Mya Bambrick has been busy creating a wildlife haven at her local school, the Thomas Bennett Community College, where (back-breaking) ground work began during the summer 2020 to create areas for wildflowers, habitats spaces for insects and birds plus new bird feeding stations. A great achievement and the pupils will enjoy lots of wildlife spotting in the future.
- Samuel Levy is a trustee of the Friends of Finchley Way Open Space project which has fabulous plans for enhancing this area for wildlife conservation including a woodland trail and pocket nature reserve. We are working with him to install wildlife habitats and nest boxes plus provide wildlife identification boards for local people to learn more about the wildife in their area. We are following this project as it develops and look forward to seeing some photos as it grows.
For more information about the great work of the Cameron Bespolka Trust, visit www.cameronbespolka.com.
Young Ambassador Nature Blogs
As we are supporting the Young Ambassadors of the Cameron Bespolka Trust, we are delighted to share their nature blogs with you over the next year.
Amy Hall provides our latest blog and given us her insight into the wonderful saga of Wally the Walrus. Amy is currently studying for an MSci Zoology degree and is a Trustee of the Cameron Bespolka Trust as well as a Young Ambassador. Read Amy's blog Where's Wally
Luke Anderson is an 18-year-old naturalist from the Wirral Peninsular. He has a strong passion for arachnids, but also an interest in all aspects of the natural world, in particular birds, butterflies and anything weird. Luke is soon to be studying Ecology and Conservation at university. Read Luke's blog about the Importance of Having Your Own Patch.