Andrew named Emerging Amateur Entomologist of the Year

Year nine student Andrew Wallace is the first recipient of the inaugural Emerging Amateur Entomologist award.

Included as part of the Entomological Society of Victoria’s awards program for the first time in December 2020, the Emerging Amateur award recognises the significant contributions of young or recent members.

Andrew has been a student of Helena since Kindy and has always had a passion for the environment. 

He was just 13 at the time his nomination was submitted, which was chosen as the winner, based on a report he wrote on native bird and insect life, as part of the Save Perth Hills group, to help prevent a locally proposed land development from being approved.

“Winning the award means a lot to me and it further motivates me to inquire about and study our native insects, and protect vital bushland from being cleared,” he said. “I think it’s important to study insects as not many people do, and we don’t really know enough about them.”

Andrew’s passion has led him to start his own insect collection (both live and preserved), and give talks and demonstrations at universities, naturalist clubs and on radio. He has also recently been asked by Kanyana Wildlife Park to have a photo exhibition of his bird photos, to raise money for an animal refuge centre. He hopes to study Taxonomy, Biology and Conservation one day at university.

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