05 November 2019

Simply the BEAST!

By Philip Orrell

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An environmental action group set up by some of our Higher Education students and their tutors Dr. Pam Worrall, Dr. Howard Lee and Ellie Denniss, has had a busy academic year, raising more than £600 to support future projects through a series of activities in College.

BEAST (Biodiversity, Environmental And Sustainability Team), composed of students from our degree programmes in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity, Animal Management and Landscape and Countryside Management, spent the year undertaking a series of enterprising fundraising activities.

They kicked off in January with a litter picking and recycling session as part of the college’s enrichment activities. This was swiftly followed by a bric-a-brac sale in the Animal Management Unit during our Lambing Weekend, with visitors paying £5 for a numbered nest box to be placed within the grounds of the College and receiving a certificate.

The fundraising activities continued over the summer, when the BEAST collective set up a stall selling plants at the College’s annual Country Fair and Open Day in June. The collective’s 3rd year Countryside degree students were also very active in efforts to raise funds. As part of an assignment for their Environmental Legislation and Funding course, they formally applied for a grant of £250 from the Kent Mammal Group to buy materials to build dormouse nest boxes. We’re delighted to say their application was successful and resulted in some well-constructed new dwellings being made for monitoring of these nationally threatened animals. The population of this species has seen a significant long-term decline nationally and nest boxes are an important conservation monitoring tool, providing additional nest sites for these endearing nocturnal animals.

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The significant work of the BEAST group led to the decision for a logo design to be commissioned. In a great example of cross-college collaboration, a fantastic logo was designed by 2nd year HND Graphic Design student Erin Ross from West Kent College. Erin undertook the work as part of the Design Volunteers project, where students are paired with local charities and community organisations to do voluntary design work.