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April 20, 2012 03:00 ET

Center Parcs' Ranger Wins Red Squirrel Survival Trust Award

Jerry Moss (Red Squirrel Ranger at Center Parcs) and His Family Have Just Won the Red Squirrel Survival Trust Volunteer of the Year Award as 'Red Squirrel Champions'. The Award Winners Were Announced on 30th March With the Award Ceremony Due to Take Place on 27th June at Alnwick Castle.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 20, 2012) - Launched last year, the awards, which are supported by HRH The Prince of Wales, are designed to recognise and celebrate the efforts of the vast army of volunteers working around the country to protect our native red squirrels.

The RSST Award winners are decided through nomination followed by consideration of the RSST judging panel. There are 5 categories; Lifetime Achievement Award, Special Award, Leading Light, Red Squirrel Champion and Unsung Heroes. The Red Squirrel Champion Award honours those who have been on the front line of the practical action within red squirrel conservation, possibly for many years.

"We are delighted to be able to recognise the hard work of our volunteers with these awards," said Miles Barne, RSST Chairman. "There are an estimated 3,000 volunteers involved in red squirrel conservation throughout the UK, but the north of England is where the biggest battle is being fought. This work could not be achieved without the tireless efforts of our volunteers. Highlighting their contribution to red squirrel conservation is long overdue."

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About the Red Squirrel Survival Trust

The Red Squirrel Survival Trust is a national charity established to ensure the conservation and protection of the red squirrel in the UK. The Red Squirrel Survival Trust was established to ensure the conservation and protection of the red squirrel in the UK. The RSST focuses on the areas where reds are seriously endangered, which include northern England and South Scotland in particular.

The RSST also support activities to protect the red squirrel elsewhere in the UK: there are large populations in the Scottish Highlands and important colonies of reds also exist in areas such as Anglesey in Wales and the Isle of Wight. Longer term the Trust are looking to establish red squirrel populations elsewhere around the country.

The RSST aims to:

  • Protect red squirrels by keeping reds and greys apart.
  • Assist the winning reds in areas where red squirrel population numbers have stabilised or are increasing.
  • Establish new red colonies across the UK wherever feasible.
  • Fund research on how to secure the red squirrel's long-term future.
  • Raise awareness of the plight of reds in the UK.

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With an increasing number of people taking their holidays and short breaks in the UK there has never been a better time to enjoy a family holiday at Center Parcs. Having invested over £150 million, in the last 5 years alone, the luxury accommodation with fresh designs and contemporary interiors, unrivalled range of activities and upgraded selection of restaurants keep even the most demanding family entertained and happy! Center Parcs, recently crowned winner of Best UK Holiday Provider at the Tommy's Awards 2012, is proud of its status as the UK's favourite short break destination and its success is down to continual investment and innovation to make the experience for first time and loyal guests, the best it can be.

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