A group from Trindlemoss Day Opportunities in Irvine has achieved a Gold Award as part of the RSPB’s Wild Challenge Awards programme.

Stewart Baird, Mark Stevenson, Darren Cousar and Elaine Rae have been busy taking part in the scheme, which has seen them discovering, learning about, and helping wildlife in its natural habitat.

Having already completed the Bronze and Silver levels, the team has worked extremely hard over the past 18 weeks to achieve the highest accolade in the Gold award, with each level of the programme requiring the completion of a total of six activities.

Each award level is split into two categories, a ‘Help Nature’ section that involves making our outdoor spaces wildlife friendly, and an ‘Experience Nature’ section, where participants get up close and personal with wildlife and explore the amazing world of nature on our doorsteps.

Irvine Times: Councillor Margaret Johnson congratulated the teamCouncillor Margaret Johnson congratulated the team (Image: NAC)

The group has taken part in a host of activities throughout the challenge, including building bat boxes, bird boxes and bee houses, local plant and mini-beast safaris, and creating a fantastic mini-pond within the garden area at Trindlemoss.

They’ve also enjoyed a visit to Eglinton Park, where they tried pond dipping and discovered some newts, as well as RSPB Lochwinnoch to explore the various wildlife habitats there.

Councillor Margaret Johnson, cabinet member for health and social care at North Ayrshire Council, said: “A huge well done to the team at Trindlemoss for this fantastic achievement.

"As well as being great fun to take part in, these awards can also help those attending Day Opportunities to build confidence and social connections, as well as gaining a real appreciation and empathy for nature and our surroundings.”

Run by North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Trindlemoss Day Opportunities in Irvine offers the chance for people with learning disabilities to take part in a wide range of inclusive and enabling activities in the heart of the community.

Find out more at: https://www.nahscp.org/adult-health/physical-learning-or-sensory-disability/day-opportunities.