Eileen Savill Award 2020

An annual award for young people under 25 years of age

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Deadline for entries is Friday 31st July 2020

The Award has two main aims: to recognise those who are already caring for local wildlife or heritage and to encourage others to get involved. This year is very much about the latter as, in these testing times, we want to encourage families to get in touch with nature at home. This will not only benefit wildlife but also your own well- being, as more and more research shows the health benefits of nature. And, hopefully, it will keep the children occupied, with the possibility of winning a prize as well! So here’s what we’d like you to do, choose a challenge and enter your results:

Challenge 1 (Under 16’s)

Create a new place [habitat] or habitats for wildlife in your garden.

Record how you made it in photos, videos, drawings or writing or in whatever way you like. 

Watch and record who is using it.

Challenge 2 (Under 16’s)

Keep a diary of the wildlife that’s visiting or living in your garden or neighbourhood, and describe what it is doing. Only brief notes are needed and recordings made in your neighbourhood should not take much time at all during your daily exercise away from home. 

Record this in any form: lists, photos, videos, sound recordings, artwork or any combination of these. 

Follow the links below for plenty of ideas of habitats to create and how to identify what you see.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/gardening

https://www.buglife.org.uk/get-involved/gardening-for-bugs/

https://www.ispotnature.org/

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature.html

https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/spotting-sheets

https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/activity-sheets

Challenge 3 (16 – 24 year olds )

Try to record as many species as you can that live in or visit your garden by conducting an extended bio blitz. You might focus your attention on birds one day, then butterflies another and so on, or divide your garden up into its different habitats: pond, flower borders, trees, etc. and explore each in turn – whatever suits you best.

Record your findings in lists or on a spreadsheet, with accompanying photos, videos, sketches, diagrams, plans, sound recordings or anything you think adds to the information you’ve collected. 

Try https://www.ispotnature.org/ to help you identify what you find.


We want to be as flexible as possible this year so if you’ve got another idea for a challenge that will support wildlife or increase our understanding of it, do email us at chairman@mwhg.org.uk. Please email any queries to the organiser, Joe Savill, at chairman@mwhg.org.uk.

We will accept entries from all families, groups/ clubs and individuals who live on the Manhood Peninsula. Make sure you include your name(s) and age(s). For family entries, please include your family name and the names and ages of all the young people taking part. For all entries please also include your location [Town or village name].

Please keep videos submitted to around 90 seconds in length, at most, to avoid exceeding the file submission limit of 40MB. If you will be including multiple photos as part of your entry, please paste them into 1 document. You can upload 3 files per entry. 

Feel free to enter for more than one challenge – please submit a separate entry for each challenge. Submit your entries as soon as you like and it’s fine to send in submissions in stages.

Deadline for entries is Friday 31st July 2020

Prizes will be awarded for the best entries for each challenge, for different age ranges, with an overall winner of the Award selected from these.

We do hope to hold our usual presentation event later in the year, as usual.

Stay safe and enjoy the challenges!

Submit your entry here

Please provide an email address - winners will be contacted via email after the deadline.
If you are entering more than one challenge, please submit a seperate form for each challenge entered.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.
Try exporting your video/ audio/ photo files at a lower quality, if they exceed the maximum file size of 40MB. Files types accepted: .jpg, .png, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xlsx, .xls

Contact details required for this competition are used solely to carry out administrative duties for the “Eileen Savill Award 2020” and will only be held for as long as necessary to provide this service. You may well be contacted for further details if the person/group you nominated is shortlisted for the award.

Presentation of the Eileen Savill Award winners 2019

Background to the Award

The Award is now in its 9th year. It is named after and commemorates the life of Eileen Savill.

Eileen Savill lived in Selsey for almost 50 years and devoted her life to encouraging young people by teaching for 23 years at Manhood School [now The Academy, Selsey]. She always saw the potential in young people and nurtured it, even when others had written certain young people off. She was a founder member of the MWHG and contributed artwork and photographs to many of the group’s publications. Eileen loved the area and was passionate about preserving and celebrating its heritage. She was also an active volunteer in many of Selsey’s groups, including the RNLI and Camera Club. She spent her life giving.

The Eileen Savill Award is supported by Vitacress

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