Kids at one with nature

Emily Ward, Lauren Ward and Lewis Richardson with  Ruth Fraser from the Ribble Discovery Centre.
Emily Ward, Lauren Ward and Lewis Richardson with Ruth Fraser from the Ribble Discovery Centre.
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THESE beautiful snaps of the great outdoors have proven children are still at one with nature.

The RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre put on a young photographer’s competition to try to get youngsters interested in the landscape around them.

And the results are these breathtaking images, judged worthy winners by centre volunteer and keen photographer Peter Guy.

Visitor services officer at the Fairhaven centre, Julie Vale, said: “Children are becoming more and more disconnected with nature and the landscapes around them. It is an RSPB priority to get those connections back, because if our children don’t love wildlife they won’t want to protect it and we will not have the next generation if conservationists fighting for it.

“The competition hoped to bridge the gap between children and nature with technology. Most families now have a digital camera or camera phone so photography is a great way to get out in the fresh air and see what you can discover.”

Julie said the competition enjoyed a great response, and centre staff were thrilled with the variety of wildlife captured by the children behind the lens.

She added: “We will definitely be doing the competition again next year and hope to make it bigger and better.”

Emily Ward, 11, won the Extraordinary Ordinary category with her photo of a bee drinking nectar from an Indian Balsam flower. Lauren Ward, 11, won the Wildlife in your Garden category with a picture of a gatekeeper butterfly and Lewis Richardson, 14, won Fylde Wild Landscapes with his peaceful view of the Ribble Estuary.

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