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Every year, the RSPB organise a group of 30 teenagers to help with some practical conservation work on one of their Reserves. In 2012, Cameron was part of the group and he worked on clearing clumps of weeds to help protect a sand martin nest bank as well as building wicker hedges. It was a fabulous opportunity.
In 2016 teenagers signed up and one of the days was called the Cameron Bespolka Day in his memory.
"There were thirty teenagers chomping at the bit to perform two great practical conservation tasks. They were aided by members of the Saltholme Young Rangers team and helped to create a butterfly area on the reserve and did some vital meadow management. Hopefully you will notice that all of the participants are wearing the same t shirts. These were generously supplied by the Trust in memory of Cameron, who attended the 2012 weekend. After a wonderful day of hard work (and fun) we rounded off the visit by going to see the seals at Greatham!”
Tony Garrett, RSPB Youth Officer
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In March 2016, the Trust sponsored 14 homeless children from the Hope for Family Centre, to enable them to take part in a nature camp.It gave them an opportunity to appreciate and learn about nature. They were taught some birding skills, lagoon dipping, wildlife watching, kayaking, snorkelling and even some essential outdoor first aid skills.
This Center provides emergency accommodation for 14 single adults and their families, as well as 10 additional rooms to provide transitional care for families. This transitional care programme provides, education, job training/placement, parenting and additional help for the children so their families can become independent and successful residents in the community.
We received some truly heart felt thank you letters from the children and comments such as "best week ever," "please can we come back next year?" and "I never realised the lagoon could be so much fun."
We are very pleased that we might be able to support them again this year and will give you an up-date shortly.
On Thursday 11th of February, 2016 a talk was held in memory of Cameron in New Hall, Winchester College, at 7pm. It was about 'Birds on the EDGE' by Professor Jonathan Baillie , Conservation Programme Director at London Zoological Society.
Jonathan has just been appointed as Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Grants at the National Geographic Society in Washington, where he will take up his new post as of January, 2017.
In July 2015, Keith Betton presented a talk about birding around the world at Swithuns School in Winchester. Keith is Vice President of both the British Trust for Ornithology and the African Bird Club, as well as being a trustee of the Cameron Bespolka Trust. Keith's talk was an amazing insight into some beautiful birds he has seen on his many travels.
Keith has seen almost 8000 of the world's 10,500 species of birds and has visited over 100 countries to see them. Apart from being active in both national and international bird conservation, he also finds time to be the county bird recorder for Hampshire.