We were delighted to award Dennis Bright the VCT Conservation Award 2021, for his work in Barn Owl Conservation.
Dennis Bright

Dennis Bright has always had a real interest in birds and nearly 30 years ago, when moving to Hampshire, he followed his life-long passion by volunteering for both the Wildlife Trust and Hampshire Ornithological Society. He is a first class self-taught photographer and his pictures of wildlife, in particular birds, can be found in many publications.

Under his own volition Dennis set up a “Barn Owl Recovery Project” focused within the Test and Itchen river catchments. With some small grants from the Environment Agency and help of friends he has successfully built and put up over 100 barn owl boxes to provide safe breeding opportunities for this rapidly declining bird. Dennis has built many long standing relationships with the respective farmers and landowners where these boxes are placed. This has been a great success in halting the decline of these enigmatic birds.

Recently, Dennis produced a wonderful book illustrating much of his work which contains many stunning images of this elusive and shy bird.

Previous awards…

VCT Conservation Award 2023

VCT Conservation Award 2023

The VCT Conservation Award 2023 was awarded to Sarah CooneyThe recipient of the VCT award for Conservation in 2023 is Sarah Cooney. Sarah has a small stretch of the Bourne Rivulet running through her garden in Stoke.  There was a major flood event in 2014 in the...

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VCT Conservation Award 2022

VCT Conservation Award 2022

The VCT Conservation Award 2022 was awarded to Wessex Rivers Trust & Wild Trout Trust, for their Upper River Test River Restoration Project.The Wessex Rivers Trust and Wild Trout Trust were jointly recognised for a project aimed at significantly improving habitat...

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VCT Conservation Award 2019

VCT Conservation Award 2019

Angus Menzies was the proud winner of the 2019 VCT Conservation Award in recognition of his services to fresh water ecology, particularly through the  Riverfly Monitoring Initiative.Previous awards...

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