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Otley woman honoured for nature conservation work
8:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A woman who has spent almost 30 years helping to protect bats has been honoured for her outstanding conservation work.
Maggie Brown, of Otley, has been awarded the Pete Guest Award at the Bat Conservation Trust's National Bat Conference.
She runs the West Yorkshire Bat Group's Hospital from her home, and the accolade recognises her “unfailing hard work in bat care”.
It was also awarded for the training and workshops she provides, to help others care for injured animals, and the Bat Care Manual she has written as a guide for fellow volunteers.
She said: “I’m overwhelmed and surprised.
“For 28 years, along with my husband, I have been doing what I can in different ways to contribute towards the conservation of bats, but then so have many other volunteers.
"I'm a bit of a Jack of All Trades – I have run a bat group, organised and carried out surveys, campaigned against disturbance to colonies and reassured people who ring for advice.”