Steve Backshall presents prize to Newbury boy

PUBLISHED: 19:29 20 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:10 20 February 2013

Steve Backshall presents prize to Newbury boy

Steve Backshall presents prize to Newbury boy

Eight-year-old Thomas King from Enborne near Newbury had the wildlife surprise of his life when Live 'n' Deadly TV presenter Steve Backshall awarded him a prize

Eight-year-old Thomas King from Enborne near Newbury had the wildlife surprise of his life when Live n Deadly TV presenter Steve Backshall awarded him one of the prizes in a wildlife art competition.

Thomass collage and poem describing a dragonfly in reeds at Bowdown Woods near Thatcham won him a runner-up prize in the Wildlife Encounter art competition. Children were invited to describe their visit to the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trusts nature reserves in poems, drawings, paintings and collages.

Steve Backshall, who presented nine awards at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trusts College Lake nature reserve in Buckinghamshire, praised all the children who took part in the competition. You really show how much you enjoy getting out there and discovering wildlife!

Thomas is pictured with Steve Backshall and Barney the barn owl at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trusts College Lake nature reserve in Bucks.

Prize winners

6 years and under age group



  • Winner: Eric Beckett (5) from Oxon with a painting of an evening walk with his family in Foxholes nature reserve, when the cry from a wild animal startled them just as they were leaving the reserve.

  • Runners-up:


Sally Finnon (6) from Oxon who described the animals, insects and birds she saw on a visit to Chimney Meadows nature reserve.

Callum Collier (5) from Oxon with a bright painting of a red kite spotting a mouse.

6 to 8 years age group



  • Winner: Martha Bell (8) from Bucks with her poem and painting describing the elusive green woodpeckers she saw at College Lake.

  • Runners-up:


Anna Brolly (8) from Oxon describing in poems and paintings her visit to Iffley Meadows where she saw snipe and snakes head fritillaries.

Thomas King (8) from Enborne, Newbury, with a collage of dragonflies at Bowdown Woods.

9 years and over age group



  • Winner: Anna Tomlin (9) from Herts with a collage of paintings and poems describing the Dragons and Lizards she saw at College Lake.

  • Runners-up: Craig Ayling (10) from Oxon with a dramatic painting of a scarlet tiger moth.


Lee Saunders (11) from Beds who described his visit to College Lake where he saw lapwings wading at the waters edge and heard rabbits scuttling through the woods.

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK working to achieve the shared aim of securing a better future for wildlife. BBOWTs vision is to create a region rich in wildlife and appreciated by all. BBOWT manages 80 nature reserves across the three counties, works with other agencies and individuals to help safeguard the wider countryside, and aims to inspire people to take action for wildlife. BBOWT has over 52,000 members. Find out more at www.bbowt.org.uk

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