A WOMAN from Stroud who worked to improve the habitat for wildlife has been awarded a Worcestershire Wildlife Trust award.

Susey Bamber, who works as a senior agricultural advisor in Worcestershire for Severn Trent, was recognised for going above and beyond in her job to provide the best for wildlife and the farmers that she works with.

Sadie Carr Simons, who organises the awards for the wildlife conservation charity, said: “This is the third Wildlife Heroes awards ceremony that we’ve held and the awards recognise the great work that individuals are doing across Worcestershire to help wildlife.

“It was a delight to meet so many people doing so many different things – from people like Susey who help biodiversity in their jobs to community gardeners, school grounds people, social media influencers and more.

“Our heroes are an inspiration to us all, they go out of their way to help wildlife right across the county but, most importantly of all, they’re doing their bit in their own communities, helping to spread ideas for everyone to get involved in caring for our planet.”

Based in Stroud, Susey has worked in Worcestershire and other counties as an Agricultural Advisor for more than 10 years, working along the River Severn and its tributaries to deliver environmental improvements to the farmed environment, and for the past four years, Susey has worked for Severn Trent.

She works with farmers to mitigate pollution, improve farm infrastructure and improve soil health, which benefits both wildlife and the farmer.

On receiving her award, Susey said: “This acknowledgement of my work blew me away.

"The work of the farming community is so important, and I find it a privilege to assist every customer.

“Working with customers using a catchment based approach has environmental and cost saving benefits.

For example, for every £1 that Severn Trent spends on catchment management, the company will avoid £2-£20 in treatment costs for pesticides.

“The work I do can create new habitats, support existing habitats and species as well as aid water quality.

“I think the awards are a great celebration of all the fantastic work by people across Worcestershire and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other Wildlife Heroes.”

The Trust launched the Wildlife Heroes initiative in 2018 to celebrate their 50th birthday.

The awards highlight and celebrate individuals, groups, schools, communities and businesses that are helping wildlife in their local area.

The Wildlife Heroes were presented with a certificate and specially commissioned pin badge by the director of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Colin Raven.