David Streeter MBE, retired University of Sussex academic ecologist and founder member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, spent much of his career encouraging an interest in natural history amongst young people. When he stepped down as Sussex Wildlife Trust President in 2017, the Trust created an annual award in his name, to honour a young person making an outstanding contribution to nature conservation in Sussex. David Streeter presented the first award at Sussex Wildlife Trust’s AGM on 9th November at the Shoreham Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea.
Applications from many commendable candidates were received for the inaugural David Streeter Award, and the winner was wildlife artist Jamie Burston from Hollingbury, Brighton, in recognition of his excellent work conserving the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly. The caterpillars of the White-letter Hairstreak feed on elms and, when many elms were lost to Dutch Elm Disease, the butterfly became increasingly rare.
Dr Alan Stewart, Chair of the Award Committee, said: ‘We were extremely impressed with Jamie’s dedication to this vulnerable species and his achievements in working with schools, obtaining funding and planting so many elm trees to support the habitat of this rare butterfly.’
Jamie won gift vouchers to the value of £250, which he will redeem with the Natural History Book Service. He said: ‘I was surprised and honoured to be the first recipient of the award. This project was only possible due to collaboration and I’d like to thank the many people who supported and worked with me, planting disease-resistant elm trees across Sussex.’