Birding around my village in the Chew Valley

Birding around my village in the Chew Valley

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 mind off the talk. I always find that walks in nature are a good way of de-stressing.

Today I went on the same walk around our village with both my Mum and Dad. It was a different route to the ones we normally take and so lovely to do. When I did the walk before, it was with Dad leading the walk and was for families with young children but Mum didn’t come as she had vertigo. What I had noticed about this was that there were quite a few really old trees along the way. These are some of the ones that we are lucky enough to still have in our village, which is in the Chew Valley, south of Bristol.  Dad had stopped and told us all how to work out how old trees are, which all the little kids really loved. He has been doing Forest School at the local primary school for almost 5 years, so all the children know and love him. Whenever they see him, they run over, shouting “Mr Craig, Mr Craig!” and then tell him about the birds or nature they have seen recently. It is so great to see. Although I hate to say it, he is a pretty cool Dad, although never have dreads or a ponytail again.

Mum was recovering from being unwell for a month so was a bit unfit and huffing and puffing, which was quite funny for Dad and me to watch, so she’s on a fitness programme for Indonesia this summer!

Trees are really important to our landscape, culture and heritage. I don’t understand why local authorities do not prioritise protecting trees. We have ancient woodland and orchards in our village that Bath and North East Somerset Council are not interested in protecting even though we live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). If you feel that trees should be protected, please sign the Tree Charter, which I am a Champion for.

The best birds of the walk were 4 Linnet which is scarce here, as well as these amazing trees. A nap is always good.

Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig admiring trees in the Chew Valley
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig
Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig admiring a tree and derelict building in the Chew Valley
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

About The Author

Hi, I’m Dr. Mya-Rose Craig. I am a 19-year-old prominent British-Bangladeshi ornithologist, environmentalist, diversity activist as well as an author, speaker and broadcaster. At age 11 I started the popular blog Birdgirl, and at age 17 I became the youngest person to see half of the birds in the world.

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Ringing another Marsh Tit in my Garden on 30 March 2017

Ringing another Marsh Tit in my Garden on 30 March 2017

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 in my garden as I feel quite possessive over “my” birds. I enjoy ringing with my Dad on a one-to-one basis away from the noise of the ringing station and he is a really good teacher. My trainer is Mike Bailey, who has been involved with the Chew Valley Ringing Station for years and is really patient, knowledgeable and a brilliant trainer. Although I always feel more confident at home, which I hate to admit is a bit of a teenage girl thing.

Ringing a Marsh Tit in my Garden was amazing, as it is a really scarce bird. It was also fantastic to ring a Willow Warbler at Chew Valley Ringing Station this morning which is the first one ringed there this spring.

Marsh Tit ringed by Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig
Marsh Tit ringed by Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig
Willow Warbler ringed by Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig
Willow Warbler ringed by Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

About The Author

Hi, I’m Dr. Mya-Rose Craig. I am a 19-year-old prominent British-Bangladeshi ornithologist, environmentalist, diversity activist as well as an author, speaker and broadcaster. At age 11 I started the popular blog Birdgirl, and at age 17 I became the youngest person to see half of the birds in the world.

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Lyrical, poignant and insightful.’ - Margaret Atwood

This is my story; a journey defined by my love for these extraordinary creatures. Because large or small, brown, patterned or jewelled, there is something about birds that makes us, even for just moments at a time, lift our eyes away from our lives and up to the skies.

Lyrical, poignant and insightful.’ - Margaret Atwood

This is my story; a journey defined by my love for these extraordinary creatures. Because large or small, brown, patterned or jewelled, there is something about birds that makes us, even for just moments at a time, lift our eyes away from our lives and up to the skies.

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Inspiring Seven Year Old Laila to Like Nature

Inspiring Seven Year Old Laila to Like Nature

I have a big sister called Ayesha, who is about to be 26 Years old. When I was little she was my ‘cool’ big sister and as a young female birder and twitcher, she was a fantastic role model. Ayesha’s a strong character and had to deal with young male birders ignoring her because she had seen more birds them. That’s helped me deal with attitudes like that. She lives 15 minutes away, still in the Chew Valley and has Laila who is 7 years old and Lucas who is 2 1/2 years old.

My sister Ayesha Ahmed-Mendoza age 13 (my age now!), me, Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig, as a toddler
and my Dad, Chris Craig in DevonPhotograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

When Laila was young, she and Ayesha still came twitching with us.

Laila with her Nanabhai (granddad) on Orkney twitching a Sandhill Crane
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Laila Price looking at the pictures in one of her Nanabhai’s bird books (my Dad, Chris Craig)
Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Laila Price looking at the pictures in one of her Nanabhai’s bird books (my Dad, Chris Craig)
Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Laila goes to my old primary school, Ubley Primary, where she does forest school with my dad.


Laila Price at Forest School with her Nanabhai and my Dad, Chris CraigPhotograph copyright Chris Craig
Laila also comes to a few family events, where I have helped as a leader.

One of the events was at Avalon Marshes, earlier in the year. This was a brilliant event and it was great to inspire younger children. Under tens tend to think teenagers are cool and want to do what they do, so I know it’s worthwhile trying to inspire them.

Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig and Laila Price at Shapwick Heath at an Avalon Marshes Centre Family birding day where I was a leader
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig and Laila Price at Shapwick Heath at an Avalon Marshes Centre Family birding day where I was a leader
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig and Laila Price at Shapwick Heath at an Avalon Marshes Centre Family birding day where I was a leader
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig and Laila Price at Shapwick Heath at an Avalon Marshes Centre Family birding day where I was a leader
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig and Laila Price at Shapwick Heath at an Avalon Marshes Centre Family birding day where I was a leader
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig and Laila Price at Shapwick Heath at an Avalon Marshes Centre Family birding day where I was a leader
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig and Laila Price at Shapwick Heath at an Avalon Marshes Centre Family birding day where I was a leader
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig and Laila Price at Shapwick Heath at an Avalon Marshes Centre Family birding day where I was a leader
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

A few weeks Laila and Lucas watched me and Dad ringing (banding) birds in the garden, which they were both interested and excited by. Lucas doesn’t talk much but kept saying “bird” over and over again, very excitedly.

Young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig ringing with Laila Price watching
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig ringing with Laila Price watching
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Chris Craig ringing with Laila Price watching
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Chris Craig ringing with Laila and Lucas Price watching
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Chris Craig ringing with Lucas Price watching and enthralled
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig ringing a Marsh Tit
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

This is a drawing Laila recently did showing me and my parents’ bird watching.

Drawing by Laila Price, age 7, of Mya-Rose, Chris and Helena Craig birding

About The Author

Hi, I’m Dr. Mya-Rose Craig. I am a 19-year-old prominent British-Bangladeshi ornithologist, environmentalist, diversity activist as well as an author, speaker and broadcaster. At age 11 I started the popular blog Birdgirl, and at age 17 I became the youngest person to see half of the birds in the world.

Buy My Book

Lyrical, poignant and insightful.’ - Margaret Atwood

This is my story; a journey defined by my love for these extraordinary creatures. Because large or small, brown, patterned or jewelled, there is something about birds that makes us, even for just moments at a time, lift our eyes away from our lives and up to the skies.

Lyrical, poignant and insightful.’ - Margaret Atwood

This is my story; a journey defined by my love for these extraordinary creatures. Because large or small, brown, patterned or jewelled, there is something about birds that makes us, even for just moments at a time, lift our eyes away from our lives and up to the skies.

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