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Interviewed in Economic Injustice

Blog This is custom heading element "Mya-Rose Craig tells the story of how she set up Black2Nature to help give young people in visible minority ethnic communities access to nature and tackle the lack of diversity in green spaces. She also talks about the climate emergency and the need for more urgent action." Find their [...]

Why Access to Nature is a Social Justice Issue

Blog This is custom heading element Emma Marsh the Director of RSPB England wrote this fantastic article about access to nature. https://ww3.rics.org/uk/en/journals/land-journal/why-access-to-nature-is-a-social-justice-issue-.html   Read About The Author Social Media Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page, follow her on Birdgirl Twitter, Birdgirl Instagram and Birdgirl LinkedIn. Discover More My Story All Blog Posts Achievements Film & Media Events Black2Nature Charities Gallery [...]

We Have A Dream – PRE-ORDER

Blog This is custom heading element I am really proud to announce that my first book, published by Magic Cat, comes out on 5th August 2021. We Have a Dream: Meet 30 Young Indigenous People and People of Colour Protecting the Planet (Hardback)   by Dr Mya-Rose Craig Illustrated by Sabrena Khadij Signed edition £11.25 (RRP £12.99) if pre-ordered [...]

About Mya-Rose Craig

Blog This is custom heading element Young environmentalist and birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Young British Bangladeshi Dr Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl from the Chew Valley near Bristol is a prominent birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, race activist, writer, speaker and broadcaster, writing the Birdgirl Blog since January 2014 when she was 11 years old, which is [...]

Black2Nature & me

Blog This is custom heading element I am President of an organisation called Black2Nature, which I set up when I was 14 years old and is Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) led.  We campaign for equal access to nature for all, especially VME communities who are currently excluded from the countryside. We run nature camps,  arrange [...]

The Adventures of Horatio Mowzl – Volume Three: ‘The Great Rising’ Review

Blog This is custom heading element The Adventures of Horatio Mowzl  - Volume Three: ‘The Great Rising’ By Paul Thornycroft Book description:  I love these children's books and would highly recommend them for your children. "The Great Rising brings us to the dramatic climax of this, the third volume in the Mowzl Trilogy. Having learned ‘purling’ – how to [...]

Guest Blog by Clive Horlock – Educating Rain Child

Blog This is custom heading element Educating Rain-child For Parents and Teachers concerned with the ‘Bigger Picture’ Rain-child belongs to a Bushmen clan in Botswana and was born during a Kalahari rainstorm, which is considered lucky, hence his name. Many friends who have joined me in the Kalahari for a Bushmen cultural experience have remarked [...]

Leaders call on PM to create socially just and green recovery form Covid-19

Blog This is custom heading element Leaders call on Prime Minister to create socially just and green recovery from Covid-19 ● Richard Curtis CBE, Paul Polman, Michael Izza and leaders of more than 100 renowned companies, charities, universities, and trade associations call on the UK Government to ensure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at [...]

The Best & Most Beautiful Hiking Adventures In McCormick, SC

Blog This is custom heading element Few towns in the nation boast access to as many beautiful state parks as McCormick. The town is a paradise for hikers and anyone else interested in the Great Outdoors. So, grab your shoes for hiking and prepare yourself for some fantastic hiking adventures. McCormick is within easy reach of Augusta [...]

Guest Blog by The Wildlife Trusts & Jordon’s Cereals – Leave it Wild

Blog This is custom heading element   Brits are urged to ‘leave it wild’ for International Biodiversity Day - Friday 22 May 2020.   Gardeners are told to put their feet up this bank holiday weekend to help wildlife. · Over one third of Brits (37%) feel pressure to have the perfect garden during the [...]

Panel Interview for Rob Hopkins at Transition Network

Blog This is custom heading element Panel Interview for Rob Hopkins at Transition Network In May 2020 I did a panel interview with Rob Hoskins and Sam Lee. It was based on ‘From What If to What Next’ which asked listeners to send in their ‘What If’ questions about the future we can create going [...]

Being published in Red Sixty Seven – Curated by Kit Jewitt & Published by the BTO

Blog This is custom heading element This book is the idea of Kit Jewitt I am really proud to have written about Yellowhammer in this book, one that should not exist. Also thank you to Ben Woodhams for his beautiful artwork. Our bird populations are declining at speed. Lots of birds have stopped breeding in [...]

How to stop your kids driving you mad in lockdown: 26th April to 1st May 2020

Blog This is custom heading element This 2020 Coronavirus lockdown is really tough for everyone, restricting us to our homes, limiting us to accessing nature in our gardens or during walks. For many people, we have a garden we can sit in and leafy roads we can walk along whilst taking our daily one hour [...]

How to stop your kids driving you mad in lockdown – 21st to 25th April 2020

Blog This is custom heading element This 2020 Coronavirus lockdown is really tough for everyone, restricting us to our homes, limiting us to accessing nature in our gardens or during walks. For many people, we have a garden we can sit in and leafy roads we can walk along whilst taking our daily one hour [...]

How to stop your kids driving you mad in lockdown – 16th to 20th April 2020

Blog This is custom heading element This 2020 Coronavirus lockdown is really tough for everyone, restricting us to our homes, limiting us to accessing nature in our gardens or during walks. For many people, we have a garden we can sit in and leafy roads we can walk along whilst taking our daily one hour [...]

How to stop your kids driving you mad in lockdown – 11th to 15th April 2020

Blog This is custom heading element This 2020 Coronavirus lockdown is really tough for everyone, restricting us to our homes, limiting us to accessing nature in our gardens or during walks. For many people, we have a garden we can sit in and leafy roads we can walk along whilst taking our daily one hour [...]

How to stop your kids driving you made in lockdown – 6th to 10th April 2020

Blog This is custom heading element This 2020 Coronavirus lockdown is really tough for everyone, restricting us to our homes, limiting us to accessing nature in our gardens or during walks. For many people, we have a garden we can sit in and leafy roads we can walk along whilst taking our daily one hour [...]

BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour – a young female environmentalist

Blog This is custom heading element BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour is an iconic radio programme listened to by huge numbers of women.  I recently had a friend's mum e-mail to say that I had been mentioned on the programme as an environmentalist to watch. I am feeling so pleased and proud! Thank you to Marianne [...]

How to stop your kids driving you mad in lockdown – 1st to 5th April 2020

Blog This is custom heading element This 2020 Coronavirus lockdown is really tough for everyone, restricting us to our homes, limiting us to accessing nature in our gardens or during walks. For many people, we have a garden we can sit in and leafy roads we can walk along whilst taking our daily one hour [...]

Bird food from Dorset Bird Feed Co

Blog This is custom heading element A little while ago Dorset Bird Feed Co (https://www.dorsetbirdfeed.co.uk) sent me some samples of bird food to try in my garden. They are a specialist company that produces high-quality bird food in the UK supplied in 100% biodegradable packaging and so I was really interested in the quality of [...]

Birdwatch Magazine – Birders Choice Awards 2019

Blog This is custom heading element Birdwatch Magazine's Birder's Choice Awards are the most prestigious in the UK. Back in 2015 I was nominated for the Blogger of the Year Awards and came second to the high profile conservationist (and ex-senior staff at the RSPB) I was really pleased with that, especially as it was [...]

Black2Nature

Blog This is custom heading element Black2Nature is an organisation that was founded by Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl in September 2016. Contact details Helena Craig (Chair)helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk Vision Delivering equal access to nature to the hugely under-represented VME demographic. Aims/Objectives Enjoy – Promote learning on how to enjoy nature. Demonstrate the offering of a range of [...]

My Nature writing – New Networks for Nature 2018

Blog This is custom heading element Nature writing is something that is really important to me. I have been writing creative work and poetry from a young age and used poetry therapy to help me through difficult times. In 2018 I wrote a piece of nature writing for a publication celebrating the 10th Annual New [...]

The Observer Article about the need for diversity in nature writing By Stephen Moss

 

Equality in Nature: Making Wildlife Films Relevant to everyone

Blog This is custom heading element   The environmental & wildlife TV sector has extremely low numbers of Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) people when looking in front of and behind the camera. It employs a huge number of people around the country including many in Bristol, which has the BBC Natural History Unit as well as [...]

Race Equality in Nature Conference 2019

Blog This is custom heading element Description The environmental & wildlife TV sector is the second least ethnically diverse sector in the UK, at 0.6% Visible Minority Ethnic (VME). Black2Nature and it's President 17 year-year-old Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl has been campaigning for 5 years to make the sector ethnically diverse so that it engages [...]

My Article in Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine

Blog This is custom heading element This is an article I have written for Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine, about the racism within the nature conservation and environmental sector and the need for the sectors to become ethnically diverse. https://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article5422-calling-out-racisms-to-save-our-planet.html "If the environmental sector fails to become ethnically diverse, it fails to bring on board an increasingly large section [...]

Camp Chew – Advance Bookings for July 2020

Blog This is custom heading element BLACK2NATURE CAMP CHEW Saturday to Sunday July 2019 I have been running camps for primary age children in the Chew Valley since 2017. I have had around 150 children attend since then and each one has gone home having had an amazing time, got connected with nature and made [...]

Camp Avalon – Advance bookings for July 2020

Blog This is custom heading element BLACK2NATURE Friday - Sunday July 2020 I have been running camps for teenagers on the Somerset Levels since 2016. I have had around 250 teenagers attend since then and each one has gone home having had an amazing time, got connected with nature and made new friends. We also [...]

I Dreamt I Was a Butterfly – The Conservation Edition

Blog This is custom heading element Copyright Chuck East Bristol-based Kickstarter photo book project - for every four books pledged one book will be donated to Butterfly Conservation. The first-ever photo book of butterflies photographed in flight is available now on Kickstarter, until the 22nd of October, and it's a Bristol-based creation. The campaign was created by [...]

Delegate Pack – Race Equality in Nature: The Next Generation

Blog This is custom heading element Black2Nature Conference A Summary of Black2Nature's previous conference – Race Equality in Nature 2016   Introduction The conference considered why there is inequality in access to nature by Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people by first identifying the barriers to BAME people accessing nature and secondly identifying who [...]

Race Equality In Nature: The Next Gen 13-30 – Speaker Biographies

Blog This is custom heading element Speakers' Bio Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol Asher has over 30 years experience as a community activist, leader, management consultant and now politician. She has championed the needs of the voiceless, with a particular emphasis on the social-economic development of BME and under-represented communities. She has led [...]

Race Equality in Nature: The Next Generation 13-30 Conference 2 Oct 2019 at UWE

Blog This is custom heading element Camp Avalon 2019 The environmental & wildlife TV sector is the second least ethnically diverse sector in the UK, at 0.6% Visible Minority Ethnic (VME), only after gardening, employing a huge number of people around the country including many in Bristol. I and Black2Nature have been campaigning for almost [...]

Zero waste on the go – Guest blog from #WasteNothing Challenge

Blog This is custom heading element In April this year, Bristol Waste Company launched the Bristol #WasteNothing Challenge. Fifty households, of all shapes and sizes, from across Bristol have signed up to try and reduce their waste and recycling down to zero over the course of a year. Through their activities we have been finding [...]

Top 5 birding hotspots for Wonderlust

 

Chatting to Lush

Blog This is custom heading element I am really really pleased to be on Lush Player with Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig's Podcast which I am particularly excited about as Lush is my favourite shop and perfect for me as a teen vegetarian/almost vegan, environmentally friendly, low impact products that actually work and smell great too. Also, Lush is a Bristolian [...]

Volunteering at Camp Chew 20-23 June 2019

Blog This is custom heading element Bio blitz Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig   Youth Worker at nature camp for teenagers from disadvantaged, VME or rural backgrounds. We desperately need volunteers from 20-23 June 2019 at Compton Martin & Chew Valley near Bristol. Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Photocopyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Camp Avalon 2017 Photography copyright Mya-Rose [...]

Camp Chew June 2019 Details

Blog This is custom heading element BLACK2NATURE CAMP CHEW Friday 21 June 2019 to Saturday 22 June 2019 Camp Chew 2017 Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Book onto this amazing nature camp for children aged 7-11 years. The camp is organised by Black2Nature who have been organising nature camps for inner-city Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) children and young [...]

Camp Chew June 2019 Flyer

Blog This is custom heading element   Black2Nature Camp Chew 2019 - Fri 21 - Sat 22 Jun 2019 Camp Chew 2017 Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig A nature weekend for children aged 7 to 11, who will love Having fun outside in nature Using the outdoors to get fit & healthy Trying new things like [...]

Kit List Camp Chew 2019

Blog This is custom heading element   CAMP CHEW KIT LIST Please note: This list is for guidance Please label everything with the child's name   General Small backpack to carry belongings (no large suitcases, large bags or plastic bags) Completed and signed parent consent forms Torch/phone with a torch (or this can be borrowed) [...]

Philosophy behind Black2Nature camps

 

Volunteering for Camp Avalon 12-14 & 19-21 July 2019

Blog This is custom heading element Bio blitz Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Youth Worker at nature camp for teenagers from disadvantaged, VME or rural backgrounds. We desperately need volunteers from 11-15 and 18-22 July 2019 at Paddington Farm, Glastonbury. Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Photo copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Camp Avalon 2011 Photography copyright young environmentalist Mya-Rose [...]

Kit List Camp Avalon for those being dropped off

 

Podcast “all about me” for The Sound Approach by Charlie Moores

Blog This is custom heading element  Young environmentalist and birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig This is a podcast that I did for Charlie Moores from The Sound Approach (TSA) podcast. I am talking about birding in the UK, world birding, Race Equality in Nature, racism, twitter trolls and being President of Black2Nature. The Sound Approach Podcast [...]

Top of Surfbirds

   

Camp Avalon Kit List

Blog This is custom heading element CAMP AVALON KIT LIST Please label everything with the child's name Please note Please do not send your teenagers with any food (it will be taken away), duvets, sleeping bags, pillow or cushions. We will provide sufficient food and snacks, have to be careful of allergies and do not want [...]

Kit List Camp Chew 2019 for those being dropped off

 

Camp Avalon 19-21 July 2019 Details

 

Camp Avalon 12-14 July 2019 Details

 

Camp Avalon 19-21 July 2019 Flyer

Blog This is custom heading element Black2Nature Camp Avalon 2019 Fri 19 - Sun 21 July 2019 Camp Avalon 2017 Photograph copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig A nature weekend for teenagers aged 12 to 18 to enjoy Having fun outside in nature Trying new things like camping Making new friends   How to Book Text or [...]

Camp Avalon 12-14 July 2019 Flyer

Blog This is custom heading element Black2Nature Camp Avalon 2019 Fri 12 - Sun 14 July 2019 Camp Avalon 2017 Photograph copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig A nature weekend for teenagers aged 12 to 18 to enjoy Having fun outside in nature Trying new things like camping Making new friends   How to Book Text or [...]

BME in STEM – A Bristol University Report 2019

Blog This is custom heading element Copyright BME in STEM Report On 6th February 2019, Black2Nature attended a conference at Bristol University, BME in STEM organised by a first-year PhD student, Lara Lalemi Lara Lalemi opening at BME in STEM Conference Panel Copyright BME in STEM Report The report produced is essential reading for anyone [...]

Best Birding Apps 2019 – BirdWatchingBuzz

 

Become an expert packer for birding trips

Blog This is custom heading element This is an article that I contributed to for the Mighty Goods website in the USA with 4 birders writing about how we prepare and pack for birding trips One of them is Bill Thompson III who has sadly since died. The other two contributers are Jeff Reiter and [...]

Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer

Blog This is custom heading element I was intrigued by this remarkable story that the author, Eva Meijer, dug up a few years ago about one fascinating – and almost entirely forgotten – a woman who was way ahead of her time when she published her revolutionary findings on bird behaviour. I wanted to help [...]

Sexism in nature

Blog This is custom heading element I wrote this post last September after Chris Packham published his fantastic People's Manifesto for Wildlife and the people's Walk for Wildlife that followed. It was the time that I thought female naturalists should have stood up together against sexism and so I felt it was a good day [...]

Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari

Blog This is custom heading element   This is a wonderful inter-generational book about a pair of 11 year olds set in the future where children have to work on farms as we have lost our bees.  This book is suitable for all generations will character across age ranges. I love the fact that the [...]

Too much of a person

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Copyright “Too Much of a Person” toomuchofaperson.com   This was a project that I took part in Too much of a person curated by Diana Patient, the founder and creative director. I was really privileged to take part in this project, which empowered me so much as a young girl and one […]

Teen Backchat

Blog This is custom heading element The April edition of Birdwatching Magazine had a full page article called "Backchat with Mya-Rose Craig" with some quick fire fun question and answers. This is the online full version Birdwatching Magazine Article   Hope you enjoy it! Read About The Author Social Media Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page, [...]

A must read for children & adults – The Adventures of Horatio Mowzl – First Purlings

Blog This is custom heading element A must-read for children and young adults –– The Adventures of Horatio Mowzl    A trilogy of illustrated novels by Paul Thornycroft    Volume Two: ‘First Purlings’      Copyright Paul Thornycroft   Children –– you ARE changing the World!    Mya-Rose Craig’s second interview with the author:  Mya-Rose: [...]

The impact of Bristol Airport expansion plans

Blog This is custom heading element Our video plea to Ontario Teachers about the impact of Bristol Airport expansion plans ‘Your retirement income will cost us our health, our well-being and our environment. Are you happy with this?’ Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl   Working with the Stop Bristol Airport Expansion Alliance, myself and 3 other [...]

Supporting The Climate Strikes

Blog This is custom heading element Young environmentalist and birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig at the #YouthStikes4Climate in Bristol Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig   Guest blog by Henry Greenwood, Green Schools Project     Since waking up to the reality of climate change in 2007 when watching Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ I always thought of it as [...]

Fantastic reasons to #YouthStrikes4Climate

Blog This is custom heading element Young environmentalist and birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig at the #YouthStikes4Climate in Bristol Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Young environmentalist and birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig at the #YouthStikes4Climate in Bristol Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig This is a letter I sent to New Statesman, of which part was published on 15 March 2019. My [...]

5000 birds around the world in 16 years

Blog This is custom heading element Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig birding Castillo de Loarre, SpainCopyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig The main reason we were going anywhere in February half term 2019 was to go to Spain to practise my Spanish as I hadn’t been able to go on the school trip. We weren’t expecting to see a massive [...]

Camp Chew March 2019 Details

Blog This is custom heading element BLACK2NATURE  CAMP CHEW   Friday 29 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 Camp Chew 2017 Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig   Book onto this amazing nature camp for children aged 7-11 years. The camp is organised by Black2Nature who have been organising nature camps for inner-city Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) children [...]

Lost Dreams?

Blog This is custom heading element This is an animated film made by Zombie Studio for the 2016 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. Where has it been for the last 3 years? 320K likes of Vimeo, that's where. Although this film is gooey, with "cute" animals taking on a human voice, it is what's needed to [...]

Camp Chew March 2019 Flyer

Blog This is custom heading element Black2Nature Camp Chew 2019 - Fri 29 - Sat 30 Mar 2019 Camp Chew 2017 Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig   A nature weekend for children aged 7 to 11, who will love: Having fun outside in nature Using the outdoors to get active & improve wellbeing Trying new things [...]

A must read for children – The Adventure of Horatio Mowzl

Blog This is custom heading element The Adventures of Horatio Mowzl is a trilogy of illustrated novels for children and young adults by the brilliant Paul Thornycroft Volume One:  “Little Humans” Children –– change the World! Mya-Rose Craig interviews the author, Paul Thornycroft   Mya-Rose: What are your books about? Paul: The Mowzl books are [...]

Race Equality in Nature & Conservation and Black2Nature

Blog This is custom heading element Chris Packham's Peoples Walk for Nature is this Saturday 22nd September 2018, meeting in Hyde Park, London at 10 am with speakers starting at midday and the march between 1 pm and 2 pm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbQDEb6QX6g&feature=youtu.be Today, Chris Packham has published "The Peoples' Manifesto for Wildlife" with 18 Ministers or experts [...]

Madagascar Post 6 – Days 21 – 26

Blog This is custom heading element   Our birding trip was organised by Madagascar Tour Guide (madagascar.tour.guide@gmail.com), who was really well organised. Our guide for most of the trip was Julian, who was brilliant at digging the birds as well as sorting things out for us along the way. The company is owned by Andre [...]

Madagascar Post 5 – Days 16 – 20

Blog This is custom heading element   Our birding trip was organised by Madagascar Tour Guide (madagascar.tour.guide@gmail.com), who was really well organised. Our guide for most of the trip was Julian, who was brilliant at digging the birds as well as sorting things out for us along the way. The company is owned by Andre [...]

Madagascar Post 4 – Days 15 – 20

Blog This is custom heading element Our birding trip was organised by Madagascar Tour Guide (madagascar.tour.guide@gmail.com), who was really well organised. Our guide for most of the trip was Julian, who was brilliant at digging the birds as well as sorting things out for us along the way. The company is owned by Andre who [...]

Madagascar Post 3 – Days 10 – 14

Blog This is custom heading element Our birding trip was organised by Madagascar Tour Guide (madagascar.tour.guide@gmail.com), who was really well organised. Our guide for most of the trip was Julian, who was brilliant at digging the birds as well as sorting things out for us along the way. The company is owned by Andre who [...]

Madagascar Post 2 – Days 6 – 9

Blog This is custom heading element Our birding trip was organised by Madagascar Tour Guide (madagascar.tour.guide@gmail.com), who was really well organised. Our guide for most of the trip was Julian, who was brilliant at digging the birds as well as sorting things out for us along the way. The company is owned by Andre who [...]

In the last footsteps of Phoebe Snetsinger – Madagascar Post 1 – Days 1 – 5

Blog This is custom heading element Our birding trip was organised by Madagascar Tour Guide (madagascar.tour.guide@gmail.com), who was really well organised. Our guide for most of the trip was Julian, who was brilliant at digging out the birds as well as sorting things out for us along the way. The company is owned by Andre [...]

Kenya post 2 – Day 18

Blog This is custom heading element Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three-week school trip to Kenya wedged between them. I [...]

Kenya Blog Post 1 – Days 1-2

Blog This is custom heading element   Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three week school trip to Kenya wedged between [...]

Birding in Tanzania Blog – Days 20-23

Blog This is custom heading element Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three week school trip to Kenya wedged between them. [...]

Birding in Tanzania Blog – Days 16 – 19

Blog This is custom heading element Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three week school trip to Kenya wedged between them. [...]

Birding in Tanzania Blog – Days 12 – 15

Blog This is custom heading element Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three week school trip to Kenya wedged between them. [...]

Birding in Tanzania Blog Post 3 – Days 8 -11

Blog This is custom heading element Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three week school trip to Kenya wedged between them. [...]

Birding in Tanzania Blog – Day 4 – 7

Blog This is custom heading element Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three week school trip to Kenya wedged between them. [...]

Birding in Tanzania – Days 1 – 4

Blog This is custom heading element Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three week school trip to Kenya wedged between them. [...]

Article in The Guardian 2018

Blog This is custom heading element I was enormously honoured to be interviewed for an article in The Guardian 2018 looking at diversity in nature by Stephen Moss and to influence his findings as well introducing him to VME nature writer Zakiya MacKenzie. The Guardian Improving children's access to nature and addressing inequality I hope [...]

Interview on ITV West News – age 11 year old

Blog This is custom heading element When I was 11 years old, I saw my 3000th bird species in the world. It was a stunning Regent Bowerbird which I saw on my second day in Queensland, Australia at Lamington National Park in July 2013. I had spent 6 months in South America in 2012 on [...]

An art project that directly greenifies the planet by artist Margarita Mitrovic

Blog This is custom heading element Make 100 Trees is the latest project by London-based designer-artist Margarita Mitrovic. The concept of the project is to make 100 artworks of trees, which will directly fund the planting of 100 real trees. By depicting each tree in a different style and technique, the artist aims to demonstrate [...]

Ringing a Wood Pigeon – my first adult ringed

Blog This is custom heading element Last Saturday, 10th February 2018, I was busy revising for my GCSE exams. The weather was pretty bad and so Dad and I had not gone to the ringing station. Dad had put some foods out in a trap, as usual, to see if he could catch something. I [...]

Arctic Warbler twitch – Kilnsea 14 October 2017

Blog This is custom heading element Having got back from an after school twitch to see a Rock Thrush the day before at 9 pm, I was straight to bed.  The next day was a Saturday and I had another bird to see! Arctic Warbler is a non-rarity in the UK but is one of only 3 non-rarity birds that I have [...]

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush twitch 13 October 2017

Blog This is custom heading element Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush 30 October 2017 Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig There are some days that stand out in terms of how lucky I am to have the parents I do - obsessed with birds as much as me but still prepared to put their passion [...]

Cedar Waxwing twitch – St Agnes, Isles of Scilly 7 October 2017

Blog This is custom heading element Cedar Waxwing twitch, Isles of Scilly 7 October 2017 Photograph copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig During the week, we heard the news that a Cedar Waxwing had been found on St Agnes on the Isles of Scilly. This is part of a small island chain off the southwest tip of [...]

Silent Roars – A short film on BBCFour

Blog This is custom heading element Copyright BBCFour https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-silent-roars-2017-online Watch me tonight in this amazing short film, talking about the Islamaphobic bullying I get on social media. Fantastic to be in the film with Munroe Bergdorf, the Black transgender model recently sacked by L'Oreal for her honest views on racism and white privilege, following the [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 20

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 20 Thursday 10th August 2017 Halmahera with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The third part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi again. On the morning of Thursday 10th August 2017, we had our breakfast at 3 30 am for 4.00 [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 19

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 19 - Wednesday 9th August 2017 Halmahera with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The second part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Halmahera. On the morning of Wednesday 9th August 2017, we had to have our bags packed to leave at [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 18

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 18 - Tuesday 8th August 2017 Halmahera with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The second part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Halmahera. Today we were in South East  Halmahera in the mountains near the city of Weda. We had crossed [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 17

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 17 - Monday 7th August 2017 Halmahera with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The second part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Halmahera. Today we were in South East  Halmahera in the mountains near the city of Weda. We had crossed [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 16

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 16 - Sunday 6th August 2017 Halmahera with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The second part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Halmahera. Today we were in South East  Halmahera in the mountains near the city of Weda. We had crossed [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 14

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 14 - Friday 4th August 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. Today we were in northern Sulawesi. On the morning of Friday  4th, August 2017 we left the Patra [...]

Indonesie Trip 2017 Day 13

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 13 - Thursday 3rd August 2017Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. Today we were in northern Sulawesi. On the morning of Thursday 3rd, August 2017 we left the Patra Jasa [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 11

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 11 - Tuesday 1st August 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6 week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi.  On the morning of Tuesday 1st August 2017 we left the Patra Jasa Hotel in Kotamobagu at [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 12

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 12 - Wednesday 2nd August 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. Today we were in northern Sulawesi. On the morning of Wednesday 2nd, August 2017 we left the Patra [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 9 & 10

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 9 & 10 - Sunday 30th July 2017 and Monday 31st July 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi.  On the morning of Sunday 30th, July we left Sendy Guesthouse [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 8

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 8 - Saturday 29th July 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. On the morning of Saturday 29th July, we left Sendy Guesthouse at 5.00 am to bird Lore Lindu [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 7

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 7 - Friday 28th July 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. In the morning, we left Sendy Guesthouse to bird the world-famous Lora Lindu National Park in the mountains. [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 6

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 6 - Thursday 27th July 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6 week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi.  In the morning of Thursday 27th July we left Sendy Guesthouse to bird the world famous Lora [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 5

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 5 - Wednesday 26th July 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6 week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. In the morning of Wednesday 26th July we left the hotel in Makassar at 5 am and [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 4

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 4 - Tuesday 25th July 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. The morning of Tuesday 25th July we started out at 4.30 am from the town of Malino and [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 3

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 3 - Monday 24th July 2017 Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia. The first part of our 6-week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. We started our trip from the southern city of Makassar. Our first day of birding on Monday 24th [...]

Indonesia Trip 2017 days 1 & 2 – 22 to 23 July 2017

Blog This is custom heading element Indonesia Trip Day 1 & 2 Saturday 22 July 2017 to Sunday 23 July 2017 My new binoculars and telescope arrived, on loan from Leica, just in time for our trip which was amazing. I finished school early at 12.15 pm on Friday 31st July 2017 and went to [...]

Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing Conference with Bristol Festival of Nature on 13 June 2017

Blog This is custom heading element On Tuesday 13 June 2017 at the Watershed in Bristol, I was a speaker in a panel at a one-day conference organised by Bath Spa University with The Bristol Festival of Nature. I spoke about Camp Avalon, Race Equality in Nature Conference, Black2Nature and encouraging Black Asian Minority Ethnic [...]

Film-making Workshop using the outdoors

Blog This is custom heading element Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig's Camp Avalon 2015 Birdigirl Mya-Rose Craig filming for BBC4 I have organised with Black2Nature, in partnership with BBC Natural History Unit, Icon Films and young filmmaker Paul Collins an exciting film-making workshop with a focus on group work and outdoor filming. It is aimed at young [...]

Vote NO to Conservatives bringing back barbaric hunting with dogs

Blog This is custom heading element I am sure you are aware that we have a general election on 6 June 2017. Teresa May has announced that if she forms the next government she will have a free vote on bringing back hunting with dogs. This would make it legal again to not just chase foxes, [...]

Being on BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day – Wed 17 May 2017

Blog This is custom heading element On Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 5.58 am GMT I was on Radio 4 'Tweet of the Day'. Listen to it on IPlayer  on http://bbc.in/2r3ZYNc. I talked about seeing a Black-browed Albatross in Cornwall when I was only 7 years old. I went into the BBC Bristol studios to [...]

Ringing a Tawny Owl Pulli (Chick) on 11 May 2017

Blog This is custom heading element I know that I am really lucky to live in a beautiful place near Chew Valley Lake, South of Bristol, surrounded by nature and wildlife and having parents that are so interested in birds and who have so much to teach me. My Mum has a lot of passion [...]

Talk at Bath Spa University, College of Liberal Arts

Blog This is custom heading element On the 8th of May 2017, I went right from school to speak at Bath Spa University at their College of Liberal Arts, at the end of their Nature and Wellbeing Conference. I talked about Camp Avalon, my Race Equality in Nature Conference and about Black2Nature. It was really [...]

BTO Nest Recording Scheme (NRS) – surveying nests for research

Blog This is custom heading element This is the second year I have been taking part in the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) Nest Recording Scheme (NRS), surveying the 35 nest boxes that I am responsible for checking on the shores of Chew Valley Lake. You have to survey and record what you find in [...]

Interview for BBC Radio 4 “You and Yours”

Blog This is custom heading element Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig in her garden Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig During the Easter holidays, I was contacted by a journalist, Jess Quayle, from the 'You and Yours' consumer programme from Radio 4. They were planning a feature about the number of people feeding birds [...]

Chosen as one of the world’s best birding blogs of 2017

Blog This is custom heading element I love writing my blog, that's why I do it. I like writing about anything I want to. It is amazing that lots of people around the world like to read it and that my blog is coming up to 2 million views. That is just astonishing. Sometimes I [...]

Eastern Subalpine Twitch at Portland Bill, Dorset on 1 May 2017

Blog This is custom heading element What I love most in my life is world birding. I love the thrill of hardcore birding every day for 4 to 6 weeks, looking for targeted birds each day or place. Knowing that if you miss any of your endemic targets, that will be it, you may not [...]

Keynsham Kindness Day 24 April 2017

Blog This is custom heading element After giving a talk in Avon Wildlife Group Keynsham Group in January, I was contacted by quite a few people from Keynsham who wanted me to get involved in their event. One of these was attending a Keynsham Kindness Day event on 24/4/17. I was going to be launching [...]

South West Metropolitan Mayor Elections 4 May 2017 – the relevance to the environment

Blog This is custom heading element On 4th May 2017, people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset Council areas will be voting for a new West of England Metro Mayor. Whether you agree with the creation of another layer of bureaucracy or not, the elections are important. The new Metro Mayor will [...]

Interview with University of West of England first year journalism student Tamara Toothill

Blog This is custom heading element In March I did an interview for a University of West of England (UWE) first year journalism student, Tamara Toothill, for her end of year project. I always like to give time to students as I hope that when I need help someone will give a little of their [...]

Speaking at a TEDx Conference

Blog This is custom heading element Sometimes things come along that you have to say yes to straight away. I have done almost 40 talks about nature, birding, conservation and Black2Nature or different combinations. When I was asked to be a speaker at a Ted Conference, it was different. These are talks that are up to [...]

Birding around my village in the Chew Valley

Blog This is custom heading element A few weeks ago I went on a village walk around where I live. It was arranged by the Parish Council, which my Dad, Chris Craig, is an elected member. It was the same day as the Tedx Talk that I did and was great because it took my [...]

Ringing another Marsh Tit in my Garden on 30 March 2017

Blog This is custom heading element On Thursday evening, I did some ringing in the garden. My Dad, Chris Craig, and I had seen a Marsh Tit flying in and out of the garden, coming to our feeders and hoped that we might be able to have a look at it. I really love ringing [...]

The Charter for woods, trees and people – Being a Charter Champion

Blog This is custom heading element Woodland Wonder Everyone loves trees right? They are beautiful, stunning, ancient, environmentally essential and take minutes to destroy hundreds of years of growth. I live next to woods which are beautiful, old and home to special birds such as March Tit and Tawny Owls, which in winter sometimes venture [...]

Giving a talk at Timsbury Nats

Blog This is custom heading element Last night, on Monday 20 March 2017, I did my second talk at Timsbury Nats called Born to Bird: Antarctica and Beyond. They are on the other side of the Chew Valley, where I live. My ringing trainer Mike Bailey lives there and is involved in the group. They are such a lovely group, who [...]

The dark side to John Muir – Mendip AONB Young Rangers at Chew Valley Ringing Station

Blog This is custom heading element In June 2015, I signed up for the Mendip Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) Young Rangers programme. I found out about it the previous year at the Chew Valley Bird-fair, but they only recruited every two years and so I had to wait for the next intake. Blackdown, Mendip Hills Copyright Mendip [...]

British Red Squirrel – A Guest blog

Blog This is custom heading element This is a great guest blog by local-to-the-South West charity British Red Squirrel (this is their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BritishRedSquirrel/. If you are not already aware, British Red Squirrels are at risk of extinction and so the charity wants to protect red squirrels and assist in their growth, educating and [...]

Being the Friends of the Earth Magazine Earth Matters’ Front Cover

Blog This is custom heading element Last December, Friends of the Earth UK asked me if I would be interviewed for their magazine. I do quite a few interviews so said yes, thinking nothing of it. The following week, Friends of the Earth asked if their photographer could come down to Bristol and take a [...]

‘The Lady of the Lakes’ – A conservation story to empower women by Olivia Frost

Blog This is custom heading element ‘The Lady of the Lakes’ – A conservation story to empower women All my life I’ve loved nature; to me, conservation has always seemed like an obvious and necessary route to pursue. However, when thinking about when this love of the outdoors truly began for me, there is one [...]

Speaking at the Bath Spa University Landscape and Change Festival

Blog This is custom heading element On 25 February 2017, I was on a panel speaking at the Bath Spa University English Department one day micro-fest Conference, Landscape and Change Festival. The conference was made up of lots of different academics and artists, such as poets and writers from around the country. This is a [...]

Facing Islamophobic trolls

Blog This is custom heading element Young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig As many people know, as well as blogging I am active on social media with a Facebook Page and Twitter, to talk about what I care about. I am open about being British Bangladeshi combined with my Dad's British heritage. I post a lot [...]

Horus the Peregrine Falcon and series of books

Blog This is custom heading element I was given a copy of this book by John Miles and absolutely loved it. If I’d had a book like this as a younger child, I would have been so happy with it. I do appreciate that not every child is as obsessed with nature and birds as [...]

Article in Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing

Blog This is custom heading element This is an article by Samantha Walton at Bath Spa University about my Camp Avalon weekend camps for young naturalists and BAME young people, Race Equality in Nature Conference in June 2016, Black2Nature and the Green and Black project in Bristol all working to getting more Minority Ethnic people [...]

A Lake District Winter Birdwatching Guide by Jenny Mayer

Blog This is custom heading element A Guest Blog by Jenny Mayer A Lake District Winter Birdwatching Guide  There is nothing so recreational or fascinating like Birdwatching. Ask any Birder, or precisely a Bird-Watcher and he will testify the pleasure & happiness the Birding bequeaths. Green forests with chirping colorful birds or a serene lakeside [...]

Minority Ethnic peoples’ rural heritage

Blog This is custom heading element Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig with Mrs M and her granddaughter An issue that I feel strongly about is getting Minority Ethnic people out into nature whether it's in an inner-city park or a rural nature reserve. As I see it, nature and conservation are almost completely white and this [...]

Women March and sexism in birding

Blog This is custom heading element Today we saw millions of people march in the USA, London and across the world in #WomensMarch to protest again Donald Trump bring the 45th President of the USA due to his disgusting, derogatory and dehumanising comments against women and his racism. This is a day that shows that [...]

Avon Wildlife Trust Keynsham Group Talk “Born to Bird”

Blog This is custom heading element Last night I gave an one and half hour talk to Avon Wildlife Trust  (AWT) Keynsham Group. My talk was called "Born to Bird" about how I got into birding, my journey to seeing 4500 birds in the world and the conservation projects I am involved in. I was [...]

Stejnegar’s Stonechat at Dungeness, Kent

Blog This is custom heading element This Stonechat species had been at Dungeness, Kent for over a month and finally we couldn't ignore it any longer. DNA results had confirmed that it was in fact a female Stejnegar's Stonechat from Asia.  As such it would be one of a few records of this species for [...]

Speaking at Association of Science (ASE) Educators Conference 2017

Blog This is custom heading element Today was a really interesting day, as I did a one hour talk at the Association of Science Educations (ASE) Conference 2017 at Reading University.  The ASE is a membership organisation for Science teachers and I spoke to those teaching pupils aged 11-18 years. It was interesting to visit [...]

Pine Bunting in Shropshire

Blog This is custom heading element Today was a fantastic start to the birding year. I saw a Pine Bunting from Eastern Europe near Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It was freezing cold and I had to wait 3 hours before I eventually saw the bird well but only for a few minutes. We waited another hour in [...]

Amazing and Inspiring People I Met in 2016

Blog This is custom heading element Sir David Attenborough with young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig Copyright RSPB 2016 has been an amazing year for me. As well as blogging, writing articles and campaigning on social media, my posts about sexism in nature and nature conservation went mad with 25,000 views. The video of me encouraging [...]

My Preloved Clothes and the Impact of Fashion

Blog This is custom heading element 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 [...]

White-tailed Eagle – An incredible Garden Bird

Blog This is custom heading element 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 [...]

Blue Rock Thrush

Blog This is custom heading element 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 [...]

Eastern Black Redstart – A Christmas Twitch

Blog This is custom heading element 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 [...]

Blyth’s Pipit at Blagdon Lake

Blog This is custom heading element 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 [...]

White Wagtail in Pembrokeshire

Blog This is custom heading element On Saturday 3rd December we travelled to the small village of Camrose in Pembrokeshire to see the UK's first Masked Wagtail from Central Asia. It is a split from White Wagtail, is a small passerine bird with a white face and is usually found in Kazakstan, Iran and Afghanistan [...]

Interview on BBC Points West News

Blog This is custom heading element On Thursday 1st December 2016 I did a live interview on BBC Radio Bristol breakfast show about Black2Nature, my Race Equality in Nature Conference and getting ethnic Minority people out into nature. That morning and evening, BBC1 Points West News also showed an interview with me about Black2Nature, Camp [...]

Forster’s Tern, Essex

Blog This is custom heading element On Sunday 20 November 2016 we travelled to Mistley Quay in Essex to see a Forster's Tern. The bird had been seen the afternoon before, but we were due to see Mike Dilger speak at the Somerset Wildlife Trust AGM and so had to wait. We turned up to the site [...]

RSPB & Cairngorms Nature Young Presenter Competition 2016

Blog This is custom heading element In October 2016, I entered a competition run by the RSPB and Cairngorms Nature which was a young presenter competition. This is my film http://bit.ly/2eftRmj I wanted to be different from the usual films on badgers and foxes and also wanted to do something educational about birds. When 24 rare Great White [...]

Interview on Bristol’s Ujima Radio

Blog This is custom heading element Recently, I did a radio interview with John Kennington at inner city Ujima Radio for their programme of Minority Ethnic elders. I talked about Black2Nature, about how the majority of Minority Ethnic old people were born "back home" in rural places where they were able to play outside as [...]

Black2Nature in The Wildlife Trusts’ Magazines

Blog This is custom heading element In November 2017, an article that I wrote about my Race Equality in Nature Conference and my Black2Nature project appeared in The Wildlife Trusts Winter Magazine, Natural World. The Magazine is read by all members of the individual Wildlife Trusts, to a huge 880,000 people. I wrote about my [...]

Race Equality in Nature Conference – Black2Nature

Blog This is custom heading element Camelia Chowdhury Bill Oddie and Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig On 3 June 2016 I organised a conference at Bristol Zoo called Race Equality in Nature which was sponsored by Bristol Zoo Gardens, The Wildlife Trusts, WWT, Swarovski Optik, Opticron, AFON, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF), Imayla, CASS and Brian Eversham. I [...]

Why We Must BAN Driven Grouse Shooting

Blog This is custom heading element What has driven grouse shooting? Where does it happen? Why is there a campaign to ban it? If you are a birder or British wildlife conservationist, you would have to have been without internet in Outer Mongolia to not have some idea what this campaign is about. There's no [...]

A laugh with Sir David Attenborough and hitting 1.5 million views…Wow!

Blog This is custom heading element Sir David Attenborough and Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at the State of Nature Report Launch Copyright: Layton Thompson (rsspb-images.com)   I love these two photographs of me with Sir David Attenborough and feel really lucky to have had the chance to meet him.  The first is just a [...]

Siberian Accentor Influx

Blog This is custom heading element Siberian Accentor Easington Copyright Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig Sometimes strange things happen with birds. On Sunday 9 October 2016 a Siberian Accentor turned up in a quarry on Shetland, a “First” for Britain. They are extremely rare in Western Europe and had come all the way from Northern [...]

Interview in BBC Wildlife Magazine

Blog This is custom heading element The BBC Wildlife Magazine October 2016 Edition had an article about Minority Ethnic people and about the fact that they were not going out into nature. Parts of an interview by me were included on page 32, "Diverse Nature" with a photo. The article is an interesting one and raises [...]

What are we going to do about the State of Nature?

Blog This is custom heading element Last Wednesday, 14th September 2016, it was the launch of the State of Nature Report 2016 (http://bit.ly/2cSjVNR) at The Royal Society in London (the first report came out in 2013 and revealed a severe loss of nature occurring in the UK since the 1960s). It is a report assessing [...]

California, USA – Week 2 (1 August – 8 August 2016)

Blog This is custom heading element Before we arrived in California, I wasn't sure what to expect. After spending two weeks here, so far, it had been amazing for birds though a little bit tough to find them in this quiet period after breeding when many birds stop singing and disburse from their breeding sites. [...]

Nature Connections Festival and meeting Chris Packham

Blog This is custom heading element On Saturday 10 September 2016, I had a brilliant time at the Nature Connections Festival organised by Derby University. I gave a talk "Born to Bird" about being born into a birding family, finding my own love for birds and nature, my journey to becoming the youngest person to [...]

Cory’s Shearwater at Porthgwarra, Cornwall

Blog This is custom heading element Thursday 1 September was a long day. Mum and I still needed to see Cory's Shearwater. They are annual from Cornwall but during late July and August when we are away birding abroad. This year, we were home a week earlier than usual, with a week left in August. [...]

Western Swamphen, Lincolnshire

Blog This is custom heading element On Tuesday 30th August 2016 in the morning, news came out about a Western Swamphen being seen in Lincolnshire. It was the same bird as the one seen at Minsmere whilst we were in the USA. We were all in the car within 20 minutes of the news breaking, [...]

California, USA – Week 1 (26 Jul-1 Aug 2016)

Blog This is custom heading element Before our trip, I was really looking forward to birding in the USA over summer, across California, Arizona and New York City. Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on flight to San Francisco At age 14, my world list is 4232 and I was hoping [...]

WWT’s Plan for Nature Report Launch in London

Blog This is custom heading element On 20 July 2016, I travelled to London after school and had a brilliant evening attending Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's launch of their Rich in Nature Report #planfornature at the Houses of Parliament, hearing some inspiring speakers and meeting lots of interesting speakers. The report is really important in terms of [...]

Camp Avalon 2016

Blog This is custom heading element Last weekend was Camp Avalon, my camp for young people interested in birds, nature or from inner city Bristol wanting to connect with nature. We had 17 attendees with another two visiting and 50% were from an ethnic minority background. We had an amazing time, birding, mothing. ringing, trying [...]

American White-winged Scoter, Murcar, Aberdeenshire

Blog This is custom heading element Sometimes we do a long distance twitch that is really fun, just because of the madness of the trip.  That was what this twitch was like. I had an inset day on Tuesday 5th July 2016. That's when school is closed for teacher training. So rather than have a [...]

Birdgirl’s 30 Days Wild, Day 25 – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

Birdgirl’s 30 Days Wild, Day 24 – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

Birdgirl’s 30 Days Wild, Day 23 – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

Birdgirl’s 30 Days Wild, Day 22 – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

Birdgirl’s 30 Days Wild, Day 21 – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

Great Knot in RSPB Titchwell Reserve

Blog This is custom heading element On Sunday 19 June 2016 we travelled to RSPB Titchwell reserve to see a Great Knot.  It was a fairly straightforward twitch, as the bird was on one of the pools most of the time we were there. It is always nice to get across to Norfolk and do [...]

30 Days Wild – Day 16 to 20 – For diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

ABA Magazine’s article about me and the Sundarbans oil spill

Blog This is custom heading element The American Birding Association has got a huge membership and has a quarterly magazine.  The Magazine just out is called "Birders' Guide to Conservation and Community" with lots of brilliant articles about sex, race and getting young people into nature. Noah Strycker (last year's Big World Year winner, seeing [...]

My Article in New Internationalist Magazine

Blog This is custom heading element This is my latest article which is for New Internationalist Magazine Blog about the impact fashion has on the environment http://bit.ly/1ZP6zmu and is called "Why I love Pre-loved, Unloved and Recycled". Wikipedia states: New Internationalist is published by New Internationalist Publications, a co-operative-run publisher based in Oxford, England. It has editorial [...]

30 Days Wild – Day 11 to 15 – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

30 Days Wild – Day 6 to 10 – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

Springwatch – Garden Bio Blitz 2016

Blog This is custom heading element A garden bio blitz is when you try and see and identify as many living species as possible within a 24 hour period.  In 2014 when I did a garden bio blitz, lots of our naturalist friends came to visit and helped with identifying species.  I also took lots [...]

30 Days Wild – Day 1 to 5 – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to [...]

Birdgirl’s 30 Days Wild – for diverse communities

Blog This is custom heading element These are a few of my photographs from my 30 Days Wild last year. 30 Days Wild 2015 - Enjoying the plants in my garden but could be a park 30 Days Wild 2015 - Enjoying local woods but could be in a park 30 Days Wild 2015 - [...]

How Ethnicity and Wealth are Impacting on Children Going Out into Nature

Blog This is custom heading element Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Camp Avalon Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Camp Avalon Camp Avalon Camp Avalon Background I am a 14 year old birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist and activist.  I have been going out into nature all my life visiting lots of different types of places like open countryside, [...]

Lammergier Dip – Dartmoor NP

Blog This is custom heading element On Sunday 15 May 2016 in the morning, we heard about a Lammergeier seen in Devon not that far from where we live that had been videoed by a non-birdwatcher on Thursday but identified from the video. However, there had been no more sign. It is the first time [...]

Lady Amhurst’s Pheasant – 5th time lucky

Blog This is custom heading element Today I saw a Lady Amhurst's Pheasant in Bedfordshire. They are originally from China and were released here some time ago like our other pheasants. They bred and had a self sustaining population (meaning they survived here) but recently went into decline. There is now just one male left [...]

Petition asking supermarkets for GMO food labelling in Europe

Blog This is custom heading element Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig I just added the petition: Labelling of GMO in the UK. It would be great if you signed because: At present GMO soy (and other) feed is given to chickens, pigs, cows, sheep and other animals in Europe. The meat from the animals, their eggs, milk [...]

Appearing in The Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine

Blog This is custom heading element Today I appeared in The Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2987537/opening_up_the_debate_on_gmos_to_the_voices_of_the_future.html When I heard that the GMO campaign by Beyond GM that I had been involved in called "Our Food our Future" with my video on GMO's had appeared in The Resurgence and Ecologist, I knew it was significant but [...]

Thank you letter from Geographical Association

Blog This is custom heading element This is the lovely letter I received from the President of the Geographical Association for School Teachers on the talk I gave at their Annual Conference. Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig talking to geography teachers at the GA Conference 12 April 2016 Dear Mya-Rose, I simply had to write and thank you for [...]

Results of owl pellets from Chew Valley Ringing Station

Blog This is custom heading element Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig Dissecting an owl pellet at WWT Slimbridge Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig Dissecting an owl pellet at WWT Slimbridge Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig   In 2015 some owl pellets were collected from Chew Valley Ringing station, which is [...]

My video on GMO’s

Blog This is custom heading element Please watch my video on my concerns about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) http://bit.ly/1UUGIL2 I'm really worried about GMO's being brought into the UK food chain, without us citizens getting a say. Last year, I wrote a blog post about GMO's http://bit.ly/1qBxciR which appeared on Beyond GM's website. In the USA, GMO's are classified [...]

Interview with Natursidan in Swedan

Blog This is custom heading element Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Chew Valley Lake Photograph taken by Oliver Edwards Photography I've given a few interviews in the last few months, but this one was a little different.  It was for a Swedish website www.Natursidan.se written by a birder Erik Hansson http://bit.ly/1VcXKUW Often when we travel around the [...]

Race Equality in Nature Conference

Blog This is custom heading element This conference will take place on 3 June 2016 in Bristol http://bit.ly/1RP2fjP Nabil 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 Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities do [...]

Questionnaire for Naturalists living in Bangladesh

Blog This is custom heading element If you live in Bangladesh and are interested in wildlife, nature, conservation or the environment or know 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 [...]

Camp Avalon 2016 – Invitation to attend

Blog This is custom heading element Friday 15 July 2016 to Sunday 17 July 2016 Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels, March 2015 Photograph taken by and copyright Mya-Rose Craig In June 2015, I organised Camp Avalon,  which attracted lots of young teenagers to the Somerset Levels, to spend the weekend birding and getting involved with nature. [...]

American Birding Association Birding Magazine Article Dec 2015

Blog This is custom heading element In the December 2015 American Birding Association magazine "Birding" I was mentioned in an article on page 8 called "ABA's Young Birders: The Future is now" as I entered the ABA Young Birder of the Year competition 2015. I was also mentioned in the birding milestones section on page [...]

Sexism in nature conservation – Part 2

Blog This is custom heading element Since I wrote my first blog post on 2nd December 2015 http://birdgirluk.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/letter-to-bbc-wildlife-magazine-on.html, I have had lots of support. I really appreciate all of this; on Facebook Groups, my Facebook Page, Twitter and comments on my Blog. Some of the advice has been given with really good intentions but without [...]

BBC Wildlife Magazine Young Blogger of the Year

Blog This is custom heading element   Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Mabamba Wetlands, Uganda Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig   During 2015, I decided that as well as blogging on my blog, I would also post on the BBC Wildlife Magazine blog, in the Local Patch Section http://bit.ly/1QufmKe. This actually was very time consuming [...]

Association of Science Educators Conference 2016

Blog This is custom heading element On 9th January 2016, not long after returned from Antarctica, I gave a 45 minute talk at the Association of Science Educators (ASE) Conference. The Association is for Science teachers and I talked about "Educating our Future Environmentalists". The conference was at Birmingham University which was beautiful. I contacted [...]

Letter to BBC Wildlife Magazine on sexism in nature conservation

Blog This is custom heading element Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig ringing Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig My lovely friend Lucy McRobert wrote a brilliant article in the December 2015 edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine.  In it she talked about the sexism in birding and nature conservation. This was something raised by Matt Williams at [...]

Top 10 tips on how to be a birder

Blog This is custom heading element   A Young Birder's Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Chew Valley Lake Photograph taken by and copyright Oliver Edwards Photography Last year I was interviewed by Ben Hoare, the features editor at BBC Wildlife Magazine, for an article in BBC Countryfile Magazine. I met Ben at Chew Valley Lake at [...]

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