Friday, 4 March 2016

Questionnaire for BAME naturalists in UK

If you are Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) living in the UK and interested in wildlife, nature, conservation or the environment or knows someone in this group, please read on. 

Hamza at Camp Avalon 2015

In the UK, it is rare to see an ethnic minority person out in a nature reserve, even in the inner city. 

People from BAME communities for some reason rarely connect with nature. I would like BAME people with any interest in birds, wildlife, nature, conservation or the environment to complete the following questionnaire, so that we can see if there is anything that might help in encouraging others. 

If you know anyone from this group, of any age, please can you ask them to complete the form and return it to me at All answers will be treated as confidential.

About the Writer 

Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent. 

Mya-Rose is a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

Questionnaire for BAME Naturalists, Conservationists and Environmentalists 

Dear fellow nature lover

I hope you don't mind me contacting you. 

As you will be well aware, there are very few ethnic minority people in the UK showing an interest in birding, nature or conservation.

As you are part of that small number of ethnic minority people who are interested, in nature, I wanted to ask you some questions so that we can find out what the barriers are and whether they can be overcome.

Your answers will be treated in complete confidence as I understand these can be sensitive issues.

Please feel free to add anything you like your answers.

Please return the form to


Mya-Rose Craig (Birdgirl)

Questionnaire for anyone from an ethnic minority background and interested in birding, nature or conservation.


Ethnicity (including if you are dual heritage)

Are you 1st/2nd/3rd or 4th Generation

What sort of place did u grow up (for example Inner city, city suburbs, town or village?

If you did not grow up in the countryside, did you visit the countryside during 
your childhood?

Growing up, did you have lots of contact with ethnic minority family or friends?

How did you become interested in nature?

How old were you when you first became interested?

Did you have a role model or someone who got you interested?

What was the response of your family and friends?

Have you managed to get another ethnic minority person interested through your interest?

What do think are the barriers to ethnic minority people getting into nature or wildlife?

How do you think promotional materials can be targeted towards ethnic minority communities to increase their interest or involvement or state if you do not think this would help?

Can you give details of any ethnic minority people you know who are interested in nature, so that we can contact them?

Is there anything else you want to add?

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