Retired nature man is ‘an inspiration’

David Mower with his lifetime achievement award and nominator Annabel Rushton
David Mower with his lifetime achievement award and nominator Annabel Rushton
  • RSPB warden presented with Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Arnside man dedicates 50 years to charity
  • Awards recognise unsung heroes of charity sector

A retired RSPB warden from Arnside has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Charity Staff Foundation, in recognition of his 50 year involvement with the charity.

David Mower, 65, attended the annual awards ceremony on Thursday March 5 in London.

“It is a sad fact today that much of our wonderful wildlife and the places where it lives are under threat, but with people like David fighting its corner, I’d say it stands a chance of a brighter future.”

The awards recognise the endeavors of individual charity staff and volunteers – the unsung heroes of the sector who go above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the work of their charity. There are 20 categories in the awards, which this year received over 700 nominations.

David, who is married with two children, grew up in Suffolk, on the edge of RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, and began volunteering there from the age of 14, before becoming a member of staff at the age of 18.

His career then took him to several RSPB reserves around the country, before he arrived at RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve in Lancashire 28 years ago.

Since his retirement in 2014, David has continued as an active volunteer for the RSPB, giving community talks, mentoring young volunteers and recruiting RSPB members.

David, who has spent over half his career at Leighton Moss, said: “It has been a privilege to work for such a wonderful organisation that achieves so much for wildlife as the RSPB.

“During my career, I have seen it grow from a small society to the UK’s largest nature conservation charity.

“With the struggles facing the environment today, it is more important than ever that wildlife receives such support, and I am proud to have been able to contribute to the fight to save it.

“I am touched to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Annabel Rushton, Visitor Experience Manager at Leighton Moss, who nominated David for the award, said: “I am so proud that David has won this Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Since I began working at Leighton Moss almost seven years ago, it has been a privilege to call David a colleague, mentor and friend.

“His passion and unyielding drive for nature conservation is an inspiration.

“It is a sad fact today that much of our wonderful wildlife and the places where it lives are under threat, but with people like David fighting its corner, I’d say it stands a chance of a brighter future.”