British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards
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2017 awards announced

October 24, 2017

All of the 580+ parks that took part in this year’s David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme (DBCAS) are now receiving notification of the judges’ decisions. As in past years, the 2017 awards demonstrate that parks across the country are working tirelessly for the environment, putting in all sorts of new resource-saving initiatives and leading the way as green businesses in their communities. At the same time, they are all giving holiday makers the chance to choose a greener choice of holiday – one that gets them closer to nature.

Among the innovative work that parks have put in place over the last year are bird watching set-ups that include live streaming cameras, new wildlife ponds, conservation gardens and wonderful wildflower meadows. Parks have also been running wildlife activity days for their guests, creating new facilities to allow those with disabilities to enjoy the great outdoors and working in partnership with local conservation groups to look after protected areas and nationally important species.

Among the other highlights of this year’s awards is the work that parks have done to plant the nectar and pollen-rich flowers that bees need, as part of the DBCAS’ on-going tie-up with the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). This is now in its third year and was more popular than ever, with a record number of parks signing up and doing their bit for bees.

New for 2017 has been the DBCAS’ Hedge Habitat initiative. This has seen scheme assessors working with parks to highlight the importance of hedges and to look at ways to boost their value for wildlife. All parks that proved they understand why hedges matter have been given a hedge habitat badge. Overall, many hundreds of miles of wildlife-friendly hedgerows are being managed on parks in the scheme – a final figure will be revealed soon. The hedge badge is the first of five habitat badges that parks can win – next year the focus will be wildflowers, so parks are now being encouraged to get planning for a wildflower-rich 2018.

As you’ll see if you follow the DBCAS Twitter feed (@BellamyParks), award winners have already been using social media and local press to spread the word about their awards – including proudly displaying the logos of the main DBCAS award, the Honey Bee Friendly Badge and the new (rather wonderful) Hedgerow Habitat badge. Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work!