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Retiring Essex conservationist is presented with Alf Dove Award

27 Nov Retiring Essex conservationist is presented with Alf Dove Award

The former Chairman of the Basildon Natural History Society (BNHS) has been handed the Alf Dove Award in recognition of his work to protect and promote the borough’s bio-diversity.

Dr Rod Cole has published a number of studies into wildlife and conservation including ‘Roadside verges in Basildon.’ The report, published in 2010, found that Basildon Council’s system of verge management created a thriving habitat for rare species.

Most recently, Dr Cole compiled data and wrote a report about the Langdon Ridge area which was presented to Government as part of a bid for formal conservation designation. The land – which includes Langdon EWT Nature Reserve, Dunton Plotlands, Marks Hill Wood, Willow Park and Langdon Hills Country Park – was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England, meaning it will receive legal protection due to its national significance.

The Alf Dove Award was established to mark the 43 years of service of Alf Dove and his significant contribution as a councillor when he retired in 1999. The award seeks to recognise significant contributions made by individuals to the wellbeing of the local community.