My Preloved Clothes and the Impact of Fashion

My Preloved Clothes and the Impact of Fashion

In June 2016 I wrote an article for New Internationalist Magazine about the impact of fashion on the environment. Greenpeace shared my article on their website, which got 500 likes. The link to my blog post is http://birdgirluk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/my-article-in-new-internationalist.html

I have made a fun video montage of my pre-loved clothes to raise awareness of the impact of fashion on the environment and people in places like Bangladesh including deforestation of ancient rainforest for rayon and why our throw away clothes culture must change.
The link to my YouTube video is youtu.be/CJphNeRN27U

Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Work With Me

If you would like to know more about I do or what services I offer, you can find out more below.

Find Out More

White-tailed Eagle – An incredible Garden Bird

White-tailed Eagle – An incredible Garden Bird

Friday 28th October 2016 was the most amazing day for me as a Compton Martin birder in the Chew Valley.

It was the half-term school holidays and I was hanging around at home hoping for a rare bird to turn up somewhere in the country. Little did I know that the bird would turn up, but much closer to home…< This is the article that I wrote for the Chew Valley Gazette about seeing a White-tailed Eagle from my garden http://bit.ly/2iy6ggQ on page 62.

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig watching a rare White-tailed Eagle
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig
Record shot of the White-tailed Eagle with a much smaller Buzard
Taken by and copyright Chris Craig taken from garden

Work With Me

If you would like to know more about I do or what services I offer, you can find out more below.

Find Out More

Blue Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush

Yesterday, as we were visiting a relative, news came over of a Blue Rock Thrush which is widespread in Europe and Asia. As soon as we were in the car, I got as much information as possible. As sometimes can happen, twitchers can turn against a bird. First, it had a droopy wing, then the wing was OK but a foot was deformed.

My parents and older sister Ayesha had seen the one on the Isles of Scilly in 1999, a twitch which I had heard about many times! The last twitchable bird was in 2000, which was before I was born.

Looking at the images en-route, the bird looked fine and so we decided to twitch it the next day. We arrived home at 1 am and so were not up at dawn. It was in Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire, which was only 1 1/2 hours from home. A very short journey compared to some others we’d made in the past.

Blue Rock Thrush Stow-in-the-Wold
Taken by young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

It was a cold but sunny morning and we watched the first-year male Blue Rock Thrush for a couple of hours and it was a lovely bird and looked in good condition. There was nothing at all wrong with the wing and certainly, I couldn’t see anything wrong with the foot. They occur in Asia and as it had arrived with other Asian birds and was fly-catching both added to its credentials.

It was really nice to see another new bird in Britain and my British list is now at 466.

Blue Rock Thrush Stow-in-the-Wold
Taken by young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Work With Me

If you would like to know more about I do or what services I offer, you can find out more below.

Find Out More

Eastern Black Redstart – A Christmas Twitch

Eastern Black Redstart – A Christmas Twitch

The best kind of twitches is when you get to see a really good bird close to where you are going anyway.

On 24th December 2016, I saw an Eastern Black Redstart on Christmas Eve close to my grandmother’s house in North Yorkshire at Skinningrove on the coast. The bird had been there since October and had been twitched by lots of people.  We had held off from twitching it on the basis that we would be visiting my Gran for Christmas and hoping it would stay all winter.

It’s a subspecies at the moment but is a stunning bird which stayed near the water-line whilst we watched. It’s very distinctively different from other Black Redstart’s and so is ripe for splitting.

Eastern Black Redstart Skinningrove, Teeside
Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Work With Me

If you would like to know more about I do or what services I offer, you can find out more below.

Find Out More

Blyth’s Pipit at Blagdon Lake

Blyth’s Pipit at Blagdon Lake

On 21 December 2016, a bird that had been around a day or two locally was identified as a very rare Blyth’s Pipit. They can be confused with juvenile Tawny or Richard’s pipits so had taken a couple of days to pin down the identification. It was already dark when we heard the news and so too late to go and see the bird even though it was at Blagdon Lake, which we can see from our house and is only 3 miles away. The next 2 days I frustratingly wasn’t able to go see it because of other commitments and a family wedding.

On 22nd December 2016, I was finally able to see this rare bird and get good but flighty views. I managed to get a few record shots but nothing good. It was fantastic to be seeing it especially so close to home.

Blyth’s Pipit is a medium-sized passerine bird that breeds all the way in Mongolia and then migrates to Southern Asia. It was another fantastic Asian bird to arrive here this autumn. This was also the second rare bird at Blagdon Lake in 2 months which was amazing. They were both found by Nigel Milbourne, our friend who birds there every day.<

Blyth’s Pipit Blagdon Lake, Somerset
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Work With Me

If you would like to know more about I do or what services I offer, you can find out more below.

Find Out More