School wins Scotland's biggest nature prize!

Belhaven Hill School Conservation Club was awarded the RSPB's Nature of Scotland Youth & Education award at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday evening.

Mr and Mrs Rawson travelled up to a dinner in Edinburgh attended by 250 people including conservationists, businessmen, politicians and landowners from across the United Kingdon.

Scotland's Director of the RSPB, Mr Stuart Housden OBE, gave a speech before the dinner and then it was on to the prizegiving. We had our fingers crossed and and had to wait nervously until our category (Youth and Education) was announced.

Two of the schools at our table were called up to receive their Highly Commended Awards before our name was announced.

We had won the award!

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Mr and Mrs Rawson with BBC presenters Iolo Williams and Euan McIlwraith and Susan Davies from Scottish Natural Heritage

The next few moments were a bit of a blur and Mr Rawson's bowtie was nearly blown away in all the excitement but we managed to get the beautiful trophy safely back to school.

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You guys made this happen. Well done to you all!

The judges were impressed by both the number and variety of the projects that we have run over the last few years.

In fact organisations like the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh University and RSPB were keen to find out how we had organised and executed things like the milk-bottle nursery, birdbox production line or pallet bird hide so that other schools can do them as well. 

The amazing thing is that there is still so much that we can achieve by all working together. 

I hope that this award makes you all feel that what you are doing is really special and that you carry on doing it to the best of your ability.

Very well done to all involved!

Tom Rawson, 21/11/2015