COUPLE Brian and Caroline Seward have been given a national award in recognition of their volunteer support for Exmoor National Park.

Brian and Caroline have been volunteering on Exmoor for eight years and started helping by making regular checks on three dormouse monitoring sites and have since become licensed dormouse handlers.

They have also helped with the spring leaf emergence survey on an annual basis, otter surveys, support at public events to help children make dormouse boxes, promoting the Exmoor Wildwatch campaign and manning the tea stand raising money for the National Park’s donation scheme, CareMoor for Exmoor.

Brian and Caroline spoke about dormouse conservation and volunteering at the first Exmoor Wildlife Forum in 2015. They are now helping as National Park Ambassadors, assisting staff teams in National Park Centres and at busy honeypot sites.

A busy life has rarely got in the way of volunteering with holidays, grandchildren’s football matches, pigeon breeding and showing, all being undertaken carefully around their volunteering commitments.

“Brian and Caroline thoroughly deserve the award for all their hard work," said Exmoor National Park’s Jackie Kiberd.