Nature conservationist receives prestigious award

Stephen Martin at North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve.
Stephen Martin at North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve.

The tireless efforts of one man, Stephen Martin, to transform a post-industrial site to a wildlife-rich landscape in the area, has led to his being awarded the prestigious Wildlife Trusts’ annual Cadbury Medal for 2014.

Stephen Martin, patron of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, was awarded the medal in recognition of his vision and determination to convert a quarry site, owned by Humberside Aggregates, into a large and complex wetland, today known as North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve. Starting out as a series of sand and gravel quarries, North Cave Wetlands is now a thriving bird reserve, with over 213 species recorded including the once highly threatened avocet breeding on site. Stephen Martin said on receiving the award: “I was thrilled to hear that we were selected for the award, but wanted to ensure it recognised the partnership consisting of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, local volunteers, Humberside Aggregates and more recently Middlemarch Environmental and their staff, the partnership that has so successfully created North Cave Wetlands.” Thanks to Stephen’s enthusiasm to make North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve a success a further agreement has been reached with Humberside Aggregates to convert further phases of the quarry into extensions of the existing nature reserve. The Cadbury Medal is an annual award given in recognition of services to nature conservation and outstanding contribution to the work of The Wildlife Trusts.