Respect for Wildlife

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An experienced professional photographer has an enjoyable photo shoot on a visit to Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Discovery Centre in Essex.

Mike Barrett is the official photographer for the Essex Freemasons Provincial Communications Team and a member of the Provincial Charity Team. He works hard as a volunteer and travels many miles each year to take photographs of charity activities and other special events involving the 8,000 plus Essex Freemasons.

On 4th July, Mike accompanied the Provincial Grand Master of Essex (PGM) Paul Tarrant and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Chris Hicks, to discover how a £6,000 grant made through the Masonic Charitable Foundation one year ago is helping Essex Wildlife Trust in their conservation work. “The Trust has used the money to help protect bees and other endangered insects” explained Colin Felton, an Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

Like many Freemasons and their families, PGM Paul Tarrant and his wife Jenny are very keen on environmental issues. They are Wildlife Trust members as well as the RSPB.  Paul said “We are concerned that man-made climate change is having an impact on wildlife, the country and the world which is why we are supporters of Wildlife Trusts in general.”

Essex Freemasons share their respect for wildlife with Freemasons across England and Wales.  Durham Wildlife Trust received £3,600 to raise awareness of wildlife during lockdown which led to 23,846 new online users.  A £50,000 Wildlife Appeal has been launched by Surrey Freemasons to help transform an impoverished 20-acre floodplain meadow into a nature reserve with a purpose-built wildlife hospital for the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

Not just respect for wildlife but also the overall charitable impact of Freemasonry is much understated by its supporters. In 2020 alone over £51.1 million was contributed to local and national charities and deserving causes and more than 18.5 million hours of volunteer work is undertaken every year. 




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  1. ‘To bee or not to bee?’  A briefing for Essex Provincial Grand Master Paul Tarrant by Zoe Ringwood, area landscape and conservation manager for Essex Wildlife Trust
  2. Small pollen beetles on an ox-eye daisy
  3. A ringlet butterfly
  4. An orange soldier beetle on a white wild carrot flower