The region was well represented in this year’s RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards which were handed out at a special ceremony hosted by Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams.
Belhaven Hill School Conservation Club, Dunbar, won the Youth and Education Award, sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Tom Rawson, head of conservation at Belhaven Hill, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the RSPB’s Youth and Education Award. We are especially delighted that our children have received the recognition for the hard work and inventive ideas that they so richly deserve.
“We are extremely grateful to the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage for the award and also to organisations such as the Woodland Trust, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Surfers Against Sewage and Alba Trees who have helped and guided us to make each project so successful.”
The school aims to improve the local environment as a haven for native wildlife through a programme of meaningful and educational conservation activities.
Paul Wheelhouse, MSP shared the Politican of the Year award. He is currently SNP MSP for the South of Scotland. He was elected in 2011 and has held ministerial posts for Environment and Climate Change and is currently Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs.