Peebles couple honoured for commitment to wildlife

Honoured: Philip and Myrtle Ashmole
Honoured: Philip and Myrtle Ashmole

A Peebles couple have been honoured for their astounding commitment to wildlife and habitat conservation.

Dr Philip Ashmole and his wife Myrtle Ashmole were presented with ‘lifetime achievement awards’ at the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards in Edinburgh.

The Ashmoles are founders and coordinators of an ecological restoration project at Carrifran Wildwood, eight miles north east of Moffat. It is transforming a heavily grazed upland glen into a carefully – but actively – restored patchwork of wooded wild land.

The Ashmoles are in their 80s. During their lives they have co-authored books on ecology and conservation, and conducted research on seabird biology and island endemics. They uncovered evidence of lost species on some of the world’s most remote oceanic islands.