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Win a trip to Corfu with Lee Durrell and David Bellamy!

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is offering Jersey teenagers the chance to win a week long trip to Corfu in September, where they can attend an international conference and meet Lee Durrell, Honorary Director of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the world-famous botanist, David Bellamy.

While spending time in the country that inspired Gerald Durrell, the two winners will also have the chance to participate in natural history field-trips to remote parts of Corfu and Albania.

The competition is sponsored by Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (Jersey) Limited. To enter, the applicants must write a 20-30 minute presentation, which will be delivered at the conference, or create a poster that will be displayed at the conference. (Full details on both categories and how to enter can be found below.)

From 14th to 21st September 2008, the Durrell School of Corfu is hosting a conference based on the book ‘The Amateur Naturalist’ written by Gerald and Lee Durrell, and is eager for two teenagers from Jersey to take part. The inspiration for taking two local teenagers to participate came from the Gerard Le Claire Environmental Trust.

Lee Durrell believes her late husband, Gerald, would have been delighted at this opportunity for young people: “Gerry was interested not only in exotic wildlife, but in the wildlife to be found in his own back garden, and he was keen to develop the interest of others, especially teenagers. As a boy, he studied the animals that surrounded him during his sojourn on Corfu. He found all animals equally fascinating, from the smallest spider to the biggest bird. Wildlife is all around us, and encouraging others to go out and find it was a big part of Gerald Durrell’s ambition.

“Another very important aspect of Gerry’s life was, of course, his writing. Less well known was his love of photography, film and music. In this competition, we are encouraging young people to communicate, as Gerry did, their love and appreciation for the natural world, as well as their desire to protect it for future generations, using the various forms of human expression. We at Durrell are grateful to Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (Jersey) Limited for their support in this project which will ultimately provide an exciting opportunity and life long memorable experience for the two lucky winners.”

To win the competition what you need to do is enter ONE of the following two categories:

Category 1

An oral presentation based on a written essay, lasting 20 to 30 minutes, which may additionally make use of other media to consider:

  • The importance of role models such as Gerald Durrell (thinking particularly about their interest in the local environment)
  • The importance of the local natural world to young people today (this can be illustrated with examples from your own experience)
  • The links between the local environment and the global environment – how does your interest in local wildlife and its conservation affect your views on the global environment?

You will deliver this presentation at the conference, with access to a computer and a projector.

To enter this category, you will need to provide us with an electronic or hard copy of your essay plus an electronic or hard copy of the images/sounds etc. you intend to use.

Category 2

A visual presentation, no larger than 1m x 2m, to be displayed at the conference venue over the week, using a mixture of media (photographs, annotations, drawings, paintings graphics etc.) to illustrate:

  •  The importance of role models such as Gerald Durrell (thinking particularly about their interest in the local environment)
  • The importance of the local natural world to young people today (this can be illustrated with examples from your own experience)
  • The links between the local environment and the global environment – how does your interest in local wildlife and its conservation affect your views on the global environment?

To enter this category, you will need to send in a copy of the work that you intend to display.

Both categories should be accompanied by a short piece of approximately 100 words explaining how you feel you would benefit from a visit to Corfu.

Conditions:

  1. You must be between the ages of 13 and 19 (inclusive) during the week 14th-21st September.
  2. Supervision will be provided by a Durrell staff member.
  3. You must arrange with your school for the time off.
  4. You may enter both categories, but you may only submit one entry in each.
  5. There is no cash alternative for this prize – any winner unable to take up their place will forfeit it.
  6. The judges’ decision is final.
  7. By entering, you are agreeing to take part in any publicity surrounding the trip, including having pictures printed.

Please note that this competition is supported by The States Education Department.

Closing date: Sunday 6th July 2008.

Please send your applications to: jo.ward@durrell.org

Or post them to: Mrs Jo Ward, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augres Manor, La Profonde Rue, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5BP.

Posted 14 April 2008

 
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