The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) met in Peterborough on Wednesday 2 December to present its Annual Award to Fred Burton for his work in the Cayman Islands on the Blue Iguana Conservation Programme. This is a new award and thus Fred Burton is the first recipient.
The evening started with a presentation on the Overseas Territories by Eric Blencowe, head of the International Biodiversity Policy Unit, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. This was followed by the presentation of the award by Peter Bridgewater, chair of JNCC, who congratulated Fred on his outstanding contribution. He explained that there had been a number of names put forward, but Fred's candidature was outstanding. Fred Burton gave a short address detailing his career in the Cayman Islands over a period of 30 years, culminating with his current work to preserve and protect the Blue Iguana. This evening was concluded by a dinner for those present.
Also in attendance were Dr Matthew DaCosta-Cottam, Department of Environment CIG, and Mary Chandler-Allen, acting representative, CI London Office.