We'll do this over at least two blog posts.....so here goes with part one!
First, way back in 2011, Tim Brooks at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust coordinated and led on putting our bid for £49,000 together. While he is no longer with DWT, we owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work getting the bid approved - never easy these days!
Our success with the bid was announced in May 2012 and work began in June of that year.
|HLF Grant launch June 2012: the Deputy Mayor of Derby, a Cathedral |
Quarter ranger, Nick B, The Dean and an HLF trustee.
Nick Moyes was taken on as our 'Technical Consultant' - though of course he has been the key player in this project right from the beginning - and much more than a technical adviser too!
Nick set to work in 2012 redesigning the blog, making a massive improvement to its previous format. Cathedral Quarter, a partner in the project kindly helped by designing a new logo and header for us (see the header above!)..
He also dreamed of getting a new wide-angled camera...but more of that later.
|Nick Moyes in abseil mode|
Meanwhile, over the winter of 2012/13, we advertised for a Peregrines, People and Places Engagement Officer and Ian Layton was selected. Ian began (part-time) work in January, quickly getting to grips with what he was being asked to do.
|Ian Layton - an engaging fellow!|
|Ian (left) talks to and with refugees at Derby Refugee Advice Centre|
|Eritrean lad with harris hawk at Peartree Library|
|Eagle owl meets local resident at Peartree Library|
|Never too young to be wowed by a peregrine!|
|Woodlands School hearing impaired unit|
visit at Watch Point
|Lad from St Benedict's School sees his |
first peregrine falcon
|A busy Watch Point 2015|