Thursday, 23 April 2015

Learning from talks and meeting Tony Juniper


It was a jammed packed week.


A Young Birder at "Nature - Our Big Green Ally" Debate


Firstly on Wednesday 4th March 2015 we went to @Bristol to hear a debate "Nature - Our big Green Ally" with Miranda Krestovnikoff from BBC The One Show, Simon King BBC personality and Stephanie Hilborne Wildlife Trusts and John Lawton.



The debate was about what can be done in the future, the Wildlife Act and was really interesting.



Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig in
Front row seat at the "Nature - Our big Green Ally" debate, @Bristol, Bristol
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


"Nature - Our big Green Ally" debate, @Bristol, Bristol 
Miranda Krestovnikoff and John Lawton
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig




"Nature - Our big Green Ally" debate, @Bristol, Bristol
Simon King and Stephanie Hilborne
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig



"Nature - Our big Green Ally" debate, @Bristol, Bristol
Miranda Krestovnikoff and John Lawton
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig




"Nature - Our big Green Ally" debate, @Bristol, Bristol
Miranda Krestovnikoff, Simon King, Stephanie Hilborne and John Lawton
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig





A Young Birder at a talk by Mark Cocker



The following evening we went to Bristol to hear Mark Cocker speak.  He was really interesting and I bought his beautiful book.  It was brilliant because he talked about my favourite antpitta 'Shakira' an Ochre-bellied Antpitta from Angel Paz in Ecuador and had a photo of her in his book.  Mark said that hadn't been sure about including that section and so he was really glad he had.  It was worth having his book just for that!


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig and Mark Cocker, University of Bristol
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig with Mark Cocker's book
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig


Bristol Naturalists' Society Celebration of Nature



After a morning of ringing in on Saturday morning, we went into Bristol to a nature day organised by Bristol Naturalists Society.



Posted for Bristol Naturalists' Society Celebration of Nature
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


Lots of local organisations has tables like RSPB South West and Avon Wildlife Trust.  I also realised they their President is David Hill, a lichen expert who lives in our village and a friend of the family.  David came and helped at my garden bio blitz last year, finding 40 species of lichen in our garden.


A Young Birder attending Tony Juniper's talk "What Nature does for Britain"



Then in the afternoon, we went to the Watershed to hear Tony Juniper talk about his new book, What Nature does for Britain. His talk was inspiring and positive making me feel that there were things that could be done to help with renewable energy and climate change.



Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig with Tony Juniper, Watershed, Bristol
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


After a bury week, I finished on a high, feeling that I could do something to help our planet.


About the writer



Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig


Mya-Rose Craig is a 12 year old young birder, conservationist, 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 was the youngest person to see 3,000 birds in 2013 and she hopes to see her 4,000th bird in Antarctica, her 7th continent, in 2015.  She has recently 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














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