Josh Twining is a conservation biologist and the Project Officer for the Dragons in the Hills project, a three year National Lottery Heritage funded project led by the Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK , Mourne, Newry and Down District Council through the AONB teams and the Herpetological Society of Ireland.
The project aims to reconnect local communities with their natural landscapes through the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Josh is working to develop strong ties with local schools and commmunity groups, as well as developing an engaged team of citizens scientists in our catchment area of the Ring of Gullion, the Mournes and Strangford Lough and Lecale.
During these strange times and given the lock down, he is looking to adapt to our current situation. The project is running a Children and Young Adults Art competition in the Ring of Gullion Area. The competition has 3 age categories:- under 7, 7-12 years old and 12-18 years old. There will be a range of prizes and the winners will be picked by a panel of judges. The theme is “Reptiles, amphibians and their habitats”.
Art work of all forms is accepted: drawings, paintings, collages etc. Don’t feel confined, feel free to use your imagination! Take a photo of it/ send a video and upload to the Ring of Gullion website.
All artwork will be hosted in a public gallery at round up events for the project.
Deadline is the 8th April 12.00pm.