Thornham man given green accolade

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A 90-year-old Second World War veteran who has dedicated the last 49 years to conservation and protecting wildlife has received an award from Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mike Barrett, of Thornham, is a leading conservationist who spends time at the RSPB Titchwell Marsh, taking people on guided history walks, working on the Marsh and distributing information to visitors. Mike also spends many hours helping to understand the fluctuations of bird populations by taking part in the Breeding Bird Survey run by the British Trust for Ornithology and working on various other censuses.

Mike is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Mr Cameron said: “Mike’s volunteering at RSPB Titchwell Marsh ensures that this beautiful part of the English coastline is maintained and protected.”