A VOLUNTEER has been recognised for his commitment to wildlife after completing over 3,000 hours of volunteering.

David Bream, a voluntary ranger for the North York Moors National Park Authority, received the individual award at a recent ceremony presented by TV presenter Paul Rose on November 16.

David received the award following six years of dedicated volunteering by carrying out weekend patrols, checking public rights of way, repairing minor problems and helping the public to enjoy their visit to the National Park.

David said: “When I first started volunteering six years ago, I did not realise what a large and satisfying part of my life this would become.

“My volunteering has brought me into contact with a wide variety of people, both permanent staff and volunteers, who have a huge range of knowledge and enthusiasm about the National Park.

“The last year has been especially rewarding for me as I have worked with young people, including excluded pupils and Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates.

“For the next four years I will also be helping out on the Ryevitalise project whose aim it is to revitalise the River Rye’s natural and cultural heritage - none of this would I have ever envisaged before I retired.”

“It is great to be a small part of such a passionate group of people.”

David was one of the first Task Day Leaders in the North York Moors National Park - highly qualified volunteers who lead groups on practical tasks.

Debbie Trafford, head of recreation and ranger services at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “We chose David this year as he has always been willing to take on the less glamorous tasks day after day and is an excellent ambassador for volunteering.

“He is always willing to try something new, to trial a new approach and give really constructive feedback.

“He seems tireless in his commitment and is enormously passionate about the National Park, the landscape and wildlife, and the work of the Authority.

“We are delighted he has been recognised.”

The UK National Parks Volunteer Awards recognise the contribution that volunteers make in helping to care for National Park landscapes and inspiring others.