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WINNERS 2014

DOMINIK REYNOLDS

Wildlife lover Dominik became the RSPB’s youngest ever volunteer when he started helping out at the charity’s New Forest centre aged nine.

Now aged 14, the schoolboy is just as passionate about conservation work and travels all over the country, speaking at conferences and on the radio. He was even chosen by the RSPB in 2011 to deliver a 355,000-strong petition to 10 Downing Street calling on the government to do more to tackle climate change.

He still volunteers in the New Forest, doing everything from ringing goshawk chicks to telling visitors about the RSPB’s work, and also helps out at the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) centre in Lyndhurst, where he takes visitors on guided tours.

In September this year, Dominik took part in the Great British Beach Clean, joining other volunteers from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to spend a day picking up litter at his local beach, collecting 28kg in total.

Dominik, from Ashurst, Hampshire, is so keen to make a difference he has launched his own fundraising scheme to support animal charities. Dominik’s Wildlife Fund has already raised hundreds of pounds for the RSPB and ARC through a string of fundraising events, including a barn dance, a karate training day and a sponsored stadium tour, which involved visiting eight football stadiums in London in one day by foot, bus and tube. 

He has a Facebook page dedicated to his fundraising efforts, which he also uses to promote local conservation events.