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Day with Nadeem Perera On Board a Greenpeace Boat as an Ocean Ambassador

Blog This is custom heading element Nadeem Perera visited the Operation Ocean Witness team in Newhaven, UK. Operation Ocean Witness is a six month Greenpeace UK operation, involving a new boat called Sea Beaver. The team will patrol the UK’s protected areas off the south coast and do what the government has so far failed [...]

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 Shop Media Coverage My Story Blog Black2Nature Gallery Discover More Shop Media Coverage [...]

We Have A Dream

Blog This is custom heading element I am really proud to announce that my first book, published by Magic Cat. 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 SHOP HERE   Description Indigenous people and people of colour are disproportionately affected [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

 

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 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 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 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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

‘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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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