Aldouran Wetland Watchers is a group of young people from Leswalt and beyond, aged between 7 and 17 years, who responded to an appeal from the local Community Association. Their brief was to help in their own individual ways with the wetland and community garden project so that it encompassed all age groups in the community.
They are involved in varied aspects of the life of the garden and learn about the fauna and flora of the wetland. They are encouraged to express their ideas for the future development and care of the site and to help nurture and protect it. Since their formation in June 2007, the group has been active, throughout school holidays, with Saturday morning work parties, wildlife activity sessions and fund raising projects. In 2013, our Aldouran Wetland Watchers registered for the World Wildlife Volunteering Scheme which rewards children according to the number of hours volunteering they do.
There are 3 levels of achievement – Bronze (25hrs), Silver (50hrs), Gold (100hrs) and Platinum (250hrs). Certificates are awarded at each level.