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

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

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 and chaired a number of major partnerships and organisations at local, regional and national level and has worked in the field of employment & training, education & skills, recruitment, advocacy, equality & diversity within local government and third sector.

Asher was elected as the Labour Councillor for the ward of St George West, Bristol in May 2016 and was appointed to the Cabinet with the wide-reaching portfolio of Neighbourhoods in August 2016. In March 2017 Asher was asked to step into the new created role of Deputy Mayor for Communities, bringing into & elevating the issue of Public Health as part of this new portfolio.

Beccy Speight, CEO RSPB

The RSPB’s new Chief Executive is Beccy Speight, who was previously Chief Executive at the Woodland Trust where she has been Chief Executive since 2014. At the Woodland Trust Beccy successfully led a period of significant re-focus and expansion, growing income by over 35 per cent. Beccy oversaw the development and implementation of a ten-year strategy which has raised the profile of the Woodland Trust, built many new partnerships and developed a great leadership team, supported by more effective structures and a new culture. Prior to this Beccy worked for the National Trust for 14 years, most recently as Director for the Midlands region.

Chris Packham CBE, Naturalist & TV Presenter & Activist

Extraordinarily creative and prolific, Chris Packham has led a remarkable life. He’s gained recognition as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker.

As a broadcaster, he is a presenter of BBC’s BAAFTA Award winning Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series. He presents notable natural history series such as Nature’s Weirdest Events, World’s Weirdest Events, World’s Sneakiest Animals, Cats V Dogs, The Burrowers, Inside the Animal Mind, Operation Iceberg and Secrets of our Living Planet. He was featured in The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC – US) where he introduced Jimmy to a Porcupine and baby spotted Hyena, and sent a Black Vulture flying to him as he stood in the audience.

Critical Acclaim

In May 2016 Chris’s autobiography, ’Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir’, was released to critical acclaim, reaching number 1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers in just 2 weeks. It was featured as a Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week, read by Chris.

Critics said it was ‘Astonishing… brilliantly written’, ‘… a flickering vat of life itself. A brilliant and remarkable book.’ ‘It’s bold and beautiful, both raw and lyrical, and a rather special book.’

 

Councillor Cleo Lake, Bristol Green Party

With a background in social justice activism, arts and culture, I was elected in 2016 to represent the ward of Cotham. It has been an incredible experience attending BCR partnership meetings and supporting residents with queries and community projects where I can. In addition to my ward work, I am also a go-to person for members of our diverse communities. I was particularly active with regards to the ‘Windrush Scandal’ a shocking and heartbreaking situation affecting longstanding community elders and others. I do my best to empower others to engage with local issues and take action. I am passionate about ‘de-colonising’ Bristol and was active with the Countering Colston movement which successfully intervened and got powerful institutions to question their ongoing celebrations of Edward Colston.

Dr Emmanuel Adukwu, Senior Lecturer Biomedical Sciences, UWE Bristol

Emmanuel Adukwu is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science within the Department of Applied Sciences. Prior to joining UWE in 2013, Emmanuel worked in other academic roles at Coventry University College and the University of Northampton. He carried out his PhD studies investigating Community-acquired infections at the University of Northampton under the guidance of Professor Carol Phillips. Emmanuel, before embarking on his PhD worked at ICON Plc, a multinational organisation and a key global player in the clinical research and drug development sector where he coordinated several clinical trial projects for major global biopharma organisations.

Emmanuel between 2014 and 2016 was Senior Lecturer and Module Leader on the Public Health Protection and Leadership in Public Health at UWE. He has supervised several MSc projects in Public Health in the areas of attitudes to antibiotic usage and global infectious diseases.

Emmanuel is currently leading on employability within the department as well as widening participation where he is actively engaged with developing and managing projects to increase the diversity of staff and students at the University.

Emmanuel is also the coordinator of the Africa Staff Network and creator of the Africa Week event.

Eric Heath, Head of Land Management, Avon Wildlife Trust

Eric grew up in inner London and was always fascinated by nature. He studied zoology at Bristol which despite the cultural shock this is Bristol University resulted in a love of Bristol City. Over the last 15 years, he has worked variously as an arboriculturalist and a consultant ecologist. During this time he spent many happy years developing an expertise in veteran trees and attempting to integrate ecological principles into developments like the Olympic Park in London and wind farms in the Outer Hebrides. He joined Avon Wildlife Trust in 2017 as the Head of Land Management, where he now takes responsibility for their suite of nature reserves and living landscape projects as well as providing a lead on the Wild Path programme.

Gene Joyner, MD Better Food Company

Gene had been MD at Bristol’s Better Food Co for a year, before that leading many other similar organisations sector. He is from Bristol and was previously Chair of St Paul’s Carnival Committee and recently won Gold and Bronze medals at European Badminton Championships (Masters). Gene lives in the Compton Martin in the Chew Valley south of Bristol, in the same village as Mya-Rose.

Dr Lyn Newton, Head of Department Applied Sciences, UWE 

I started my scientific career working as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer at Leicester Royal Infirmary. After a number of years, I changed scientific direction to follow my lifetime interest in marine life. After obtaining a BSc in Marine Biology from Newcastle University I continued my academic studies at Napier University, Scotland with an MSc Biology of Water Resource Management and my PhD on the effects of natural and induced stress on echinoderms. I moved to Bristol in 1997 as a post-doc to research the changes in fish communities of the Severn Estuary. More recent research projects have continued this theme and focus onto the long-term changes in the plankton communities of the Severn Estuary. I have expanded my research interest to examine the long-term resilience of coral reef communities, through a collaboration with the University of Havana. My current PhD students are examining seagrass communities in Greece, and the role of eDNA in protecting common eel populations.

After being appointed as a Lecturer in Environmental Biology I progressed to become programme cluster leader for environmental programmes before taking up the position of Associate Head of Department for the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Science Communication. I have recently worked as the external examiner for the MSc Ecological Assessment delivered by the University of Cork, Ireland. I am the partnership lead for Bristol Zoo Gardens. Despite my recent appointment to Head of Department of Applied Sciences, I keep my hand in teaching UG and PG students and help with the department expeditions, as I believe it is important to maintain contact with students to ensure an excellent student experience.

Lara Lalemi, Student Bristol University & organiser of BME in STEM 2019 conference

Lara Lalemi is currently studying a Postgraduate research student in Chemistry with a keenness to contribute to novelscientific research.

As an A-level student, Lara Lalemi was all too aware of the lack of role models in her chosen field of chemistry. Not letting this hold her back, she set out to be what she couldn’t see in the industry, instigating change from within. Now working towards her Chemistry PhD at the University of Bristol, Lara is passionate about making STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects accessible to all and improving diversity in the sector.

She is one of a number of women in Bristol breaking the mould and making their way in what remains a very male-dominated field.

 

Mohammed Dhalech, Associate Director Centre for Public Policy Research & Rural Mosaic

Council Member Campaign for National Parks (CPN), Community Champion Mosaic (CPN) Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and YHA

Chair Mosaic National Network, Associate Director (Community Engagement and Social Media, Centre for Policy, Partnerships and Research

Mohammed Saddiq, MD GENeco & Chair Bristol Green Capital Partnership

Mohammed is the Managing Director of Wessex Water Operations and Enterprises. He has held a number of senior engineering and management positions in the Water and Waste Industry over the past 20 years. His current portfolio of group directorships includes the Managing Director of Wessex Water Operations and Enterprises, Managing Director of the waste recycling and renewable energy company GENeco and Managing Director of Swiss Combi Technology (Switzerland).

Mohammed is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. In 2012 he was awarded the Institute of Directors South West Corporate Responsibility Director the Year. In 2015 GENeco was the winner of The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards and in 2017 was the Institute of Chemical Engineers Global Award Winner for Sustainability.

He is the Independent Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, Trustee at Penny Brohn Cancer Care, Council member at Bristol University, Governor at Colston’s Girls’ School, Board member at the Local Enterprise Partnership, member of the West of England Combined Authority Infrastructure Advisory Board and Non Executive Director at Industrial Phycology.

Dr Mark Steer, Lecturer, Applied Sciences, UWE

Mark is a practical conservation biologist who works closely with other practitioners to answer questions of direct importance to conservation organisations, industrial stakeholders and volunteer organisations. His interests lie in the conservation and restoration of ecological processes in the UK and, nascently, Madagascar and the Arabian peninsula.

His current research interests include the use of eDNA techniques in the targeted survey of particular species and groups. These include a happily diverse bag of species from European eels and noble pen shells to brown bears and lemurs.

Other interests include the potential for new technologies in monitoring change and altering land use; the impacts of agriculture on ecosystem services and biodiversity and ecological networks.

He leads UWE’s fantastic new MSc in Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice as well as teaching on a number of undergraduate degrees principally BSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science and BSc Environmental Science.

 

Mya-Rose Craig, President Black2Nature & environmental and race activist

Mya-Rose Craig is a 17-year-old British Bangladeshi naturalist, environmentalist and writes the Birdgirl blog http://birdgirluk.blogspot.com. She was a Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and was listed with George Ezra and Maisie Williams as Bristol’s most influential young people.

She has organised two Race Equality in Nature Conferences investigating getting Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) people engaged with nature and making the sector ethnically diverse. She has organised 9 nature camps for children and teenagers, written lots of articles, given talks and appeared in the media. She was on a panel about Sustainable Future Cities with George Monbiot and Caroline Lucas. She was a Minister in Chris Packham’s People’s Manifesto for Wildlife, speaking at his People’s Walk for Wildlife in front of 10,000 people in Hyde Park, has had meetings at Downing Street and was listed as one of Bristol’s BME top 100 power list in 2019.

Mya-Rose is also involved in Youth Strikes, Youth for our Planet highlighting issues with biodiversity and species extinction and has set up a local Extinction Rebellion group.

Peter Venn – Programme Leader MA Wildlife Film

Based at Bower Ashton, Peter is the programme leader of the MA Wildlife Film, producing many graduates into Bristol’s wildlife film-making sector. The city is the headquarters of the BBC Natural History Unit and also the base for large independent players in the nature film arena such as Silverback Films, Plimsoll Prods., True to Nature, Tigress Prods., Off the Fence, Keo Films and Icon Films. Top production and post-production houses in the area that cater to the genre include Films@59, Evolutions and Big Bang.

Peter also oversees the Department scholarship for minority ethnic students sponsored by the Stephen Lawrence Trust.

Stephen Corry, CEO Survival International

Stephen Corry, born in Malaysia in 1951, works for the self-determination of indigenous peoples and the protection of their lands. He has no formal training, but joined the NGO Survival International as a volunteer in 1972 and became its CEO in 1984. He has conducted fieldwork with tribal peoples in South America, East and southern Africa, and India. In 2011, he wrote the book Tribal Peoples for Tomorrow’s World as an introduction to the subject for lay readers. The book explains who tribal peoples are, how they live and why their disappearance is far from inevitable. He is currently writing a series of articles exploring how conservation initiatives can harm tribes. His work is dedicated to countering negative stereotypes and promoting the fact that tribal peoples live in today’s world, and are our contemporaries, not relics of an ancient past. He believes that they have their own ways of making the world a better place and rejects notions that they are backward, which he believes are based on prejudice and ignorance.

Tim Scoones, Independent Consultant in Media, Conservation and Public Engagement
Tim Scoones is an Ex Executive Producer at the BBC Natural History Unit being responsive for Springwatch, Autumn Watch, Winterwatch, Springwatch Unsprung, Nature’s Weirdest Events, Big Blue Live and Planet Earth Live.
“As the executive producer of Springwatch, if anyone can call themselves a ‘green person’ it is probably me. But sustainability isn’t a niche topic; keeping your family alive, happy and healthy is something that anyone can understand and that is precisely what sustainability is about. Across the broadcast industry we’ve yet to act on this realisation, however, considering the operational improvements we must make and the thought leadership we must show, we’ve barely started.
Ultimately everyone in the human race is going to have to understand a lot more about our sustainability; it will define our lives. But considering that globally 40% of adults have not even heard about climate change, the media industry has made a small step in the right direction regarding audience education. The trick to success here will not be worthy green programming, but bringing sustainability into the mainstream and making it a cultural norm. And the key to making that a reality will be open industry-wide discussion.
We must continue to propagate a culture of continuous improvement and we need the leaders within our industry’s largest organisations to help us choose which achievable steps we should prioritise next.”

Traci Lewis, Green Project Manager Catalyse Change CIC

Traci has developed and delivered many successful environmental and sustainability change programmes – across the EU & SW England – with diverse range of people from organic farmers, Local Authorities to community groups. She now runs her own change agency Sustain-Live Consulting Ltd working with innovative businesses and social enterprises to achieve ‘One Planet Living.’ She lives in Bristol with her teenage daughter Kira and enjoys good food, festivals and camping in Devon. https://catalysechange.com/

Tracy Patfield – Operations and Outreach Manager, Icon Films

Icon Films does want to support your important initiative and would like to suggest that Tracy Patfield, our Operations and Outreach Manager, represent us on the panel. Tracy has worked in television for over a decade and has worked at Icon Films for five years overseeing our work experience and outreach programme. With a background in TV production, Tracy worked as a Production Manager for Thames/Fremantle Media in London for 10 years. She then moved to the south-west, working for the various public sector and charitable companies as a Communications Advisor.

Tracy is now in her 5th year as Operations and Outreach Manager at Icon Films; her role oversees the day-to-day running of the office, supporting production through managing a team of four runners, organising Icon’s work experience programme and ensuring an inclusive talent pipeline for entry-level roles.

She is passionate about mentoring, nurturing talent and realising the potential in young people. Tracy works to increase fair access to work experience in the creative industry through community outreach, working with local schools and collaborative partnership working. At Icon Films, we are opening up our work experience programme, making sure that we can inspire and enthuse a wide-ranging and inclusive mix of young people who will become the next generation of TV makers.

Zakiya McKenzie, Nature writer & Green & Black Ambassador

Zakiya Mckenzie is a PhD student at the University of Exeter interested in the voice of Caribbean people in the written and spoken word. She has worked as a journalist in Johannesburg, a newswriter in New Kingston and a Caribbean TV show’s production assistant in the Bronx. In 2017, she completed a Master of Research degree in Sustainable Futures at the University of Bristol focusing on the environmental and economic implications of “black gold” – petroleum – off Guyana’s shore. She has led research projects focused on the contribution of Black and Minority Ethnic to Bristol’s tech industry and higher education for Up Our Street (a neighbourhood management company). Zakiya is a volunteer producer at Ujima 98FM Bristol and host of The Griot Sound on the station. She is also an Ujima Radio Green and Black Ambassador encouraging a better natural and built environmental for all. She is very much interested in urban art and life in developing countries. She would probably trade it all to reason with Rasta’s on a remote riverside with reggae roaring in the background though.

 

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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To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

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Chatting to Lush

Chatting to Lush

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 slang word that means lovely or gorgeous. If you Add Gert to make it “Gert Lush” that adds “very”. So Mark Constantine, if you ever read this, I’d love to be a Lush Ambassador!

This is a podcast that I originally did for Charlie Moores which was published on 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.

This is a really interesting article on the Lush Website called The cost of beauty: Why inclusivity isn’t just about shades foundation

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

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Kit List Camp Chew 2019

Kit List Camp Chew 2019

 

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)

 

Mealtimes

1 drinks bottle (to carry a drink during activities)

1 Extra blanket for sitting on (if you have one)

 

Clothing (in addition to what they arrive in)

The number of clothes must be sufficient for 2 days /1 night with a spare set of clothes

1 Warm comfortable clothes for bedtime

2 T-shirt

1 Warm tracksuit-top / fleece / hoodie

2 Outdoor trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not ideal but ok)

2 pairs of underwear and socks (thick socks if you are wearing wellies)

1 Wellie or old trainers (as they might get muddy – or let us know the size)

1 Warm waterproof coat
1 Cap (so no hair styling needed)

1 Woolly hat (if the weather is cool)

 

Other items

1 small towel or flannel

Washing kit (minimum of toothbrush & comb)

Plastic bag (for wet/dirty clothes)
Suncream and hay fever medication as pollen counts higher in the countryside

Medication – must be named, in a clear plastic bag and handed in or if needed kept in a safe place

1 mobile phone may be brought

 

Do not take to camp:
Any food items due to allergies including sweets/snacks
Anything electronic such as electronic games, MP3 players, I-pods, etc. They are too easily damaged or lost
Shell suits/nylon clothes – extreme fire injury risk
Aerosols, matches, lighters, or any other flammable liquid or gas – these are dangerous
Anything valuable

Camp Chew 2017
Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

 

If you are not sure of anything on, or not on, this list, or do not have items then please ask Helena Craig, who can be contacted on 07798 818772 or helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk

 

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

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Philosophy behind Black2Nature camps

Philosophy behind Black2Nature camps

Camp Chew March 2019
Black2Nature is committed to Enabling Visible Minority People (VME) and those from disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds to get outside into green spaces where ever they find them and so engage with nature, by Working with nature conservation & environmental organisations, Nature TV & media & nature education sector to adopt diversity as a core value, ensuring their staff, volunteers, trustees and membership become diverse; ensuring training on equality, diversity and inclusion and VME communities; carrying out monitoring throughout their organisations and committing to making change;

Enabling those from VME and areas of deprivation to access nature and as the outdoors is essential for physical activity and health, mental well-being, enjoyment of our beautiful planet and to ensure our cities become sustainable;

Sports at Camp Chew March 2019
Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

Ensuring that the children and volunteers who attend our camps learn about nature conservation and environmental issues through our discussions;

Discussing how our camp being vegetarian benefits the planet, why litter is bad for the environment and wildlife and why we are aiming to make our camps zero waste.

Total waste from Camp Chew March 2019
Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Thank you

Thank you to Compton Martin Village Hall and the many people who have supported Black2Nature and these camps and to Chew Valley Ringing Station and the birders who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders. Thank you also to Yeo Valley for the donation of ice cream and butter.Thank you to Opticron for the donation of five pairs of compact binoculars and discounted optical equipment to this project and to Bristol Ornithological Society for the donation of £2500 for 20 pairs of binoculars.

Thank you also to Go Outdoors for discounted camping equipment and Blenheim Scouts for discounted use of their minibus. Thank you also to Burns Price Foundation, Quartet Community Funding, Community Access Support Services and Alpkit for helping to fund our projects.

 

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

Work With MeBuy Book

 

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

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

Bio blitz
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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 Birdgirl Craig
Volunteer tasks
By 8 July 2019 – split between volunteers
  • to prepare an Eventbrite report with contacts for children/volunteers;
  • to finalise the camp programme and e-mail to parents/volunteers;
  • to finalise a breakdown of tasks with who is responsible for what.
Camp Avalon 2017
Photo copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

On 11 & 18 July 2019 Campsite 10 am and 6 pm

  • to help move camping equipment from storage to the campsite;
  • to help put up 6 large tents;
  • to help set up all equipment needed for the campsite; and
  • to help do food shopping.
12 & 19 July 2019 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm
  • to finish setting up at the campsite.
12 & 19 July 2019 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm
  • to travel back to Bristol with our driver;
  • to pick up the minibus before picking up children;
  • to remind parents that they need to pick up their teenagers at 4 pm on Sunday.
Camp Avalon 2017
Photo copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

 

12 & 19 July 5.00 pm to 14 & 21 July 4.00 pm
  • to be nature volunteers engaging teens in nature activities; or
  • to work as a youth worker engaging with VME children age 12-18-year-olds at our nature camp;
  • to talk to teens about nature;
  • to talk to teens about how going outside helps with mental health;
  • to talk to teens about the need to protect the environment
  • to talk to teens about what they can do to help the environment and wildlife
  • to support nature volunteers who are providing the expertise; to supervise football games
  • to help with camp cooking, supervising toasting marshmallows, washing up and tidying up, serving meals;
  • to ensure children have the equipment needed for sessions;
  • to ensure teens pack up all their belonging;
Working on our camps will leave you feeling incredibly positive about the future.
Media – to take photographs and video footage, interviewing the children about their experiences at the camp, how they have benefited and about how it made them feel from a wellbeing/mental health point of view.
14 & 21 July – 4 pm to 6.30 pm
  • to travel back in the minibus with the teens;
  • to talk to teens about the camp, how the children enjoyed getting outside, how it was good for their mental health and academic achievement, what the teens can do to carry on with that in terms of continuing to go outside and enjoy nature.
  • to if possible, video the parents/teens about what they feel the benefits have been.
15 & 22 July 10 am to 5 pm
to taking down tents, pack up campsite and put into storage
Bioblitzing
Photo copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

 

By 17 & 24 July
  • to prepare two 700-word blog posts about the camps with images.
Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Photo copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Philosophy
We believe that teens learn best when they are leading and when outdoors. We do not organise play for them throughout. We are looking for volunteers who encourage children to take part without telling them off or leading them. We can pay travel expenses and provide lifts, but volunteers need to lift share as part of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. We aim to have zero waste, zero plastic and so volunteers will need to collect plastic, sort rubbish, sort it into recycling and discuss it with children.
Qualifications needed
We do not need any specific qualifications although having a DBS Certificate would be very useful. We are ideally looking for VME volunteers who can act as role models to the VME children attending otherwise knowledge of VME communities would be useful. However, we are happy to consider applicants who are not VME especially if they have experience of any of the following, but this is not essential and we would encourage anybody interested to apply;
The experience that is helpful:
  • Experience and knowledge of nature activities
  • Camping eg putting up/taking down tents or camp cooking
  • Nature or conservation
  • Nature education, forest school, outdoor play or working with children
  • Photography or film-making especially in nature or wildlife
  • Mental health
Camp Avalon 2017
Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl 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.

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

Work With MeBuy Book

Kit List Camp Avalon for those being dropped off

Kit List Camp Avalon for those being dropped off

CAMP AVALON KIT LIST
For teenagers being dropped off

 
Please note: This list is for guidance 
Please label everything with the child’s name
General
Small holdall or bag to carry belongings
(no large suitcases, large bags or plastic bags)

Completed and signed parent consent forms

Camping Gear
2 Season sleeping bag or duvet
1 Folding camp or garden chair
1 Torch/phone with a torch
Mealtimes
Plastic drinks bottle (to carry a drink during activities)
Extra blanket for sitting on (if you have one)
1 small packet of snacks or sweets (must be vegetarian and nut-free eg jelly tots)
Clothing (in addition to what they arrive in)
The number of clothes must be sufficient for 3 day/2 nights with a spare set of clothes in case of rain or cold
1 Warm comfortable clothes for bedtime (it might be cold)
3 T-shirt
2 Warm tracksuit-top/fleece/hoodie
2 Outdoor trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not ideal but acceptable)
3 Pairs underwear & socks (thick socks if you are wearing wellies or boots)
1 Walking boots, wellies or old trainers
1 Warm waterproof coat
1 Cap (so no hair styling needed)
1 Woolly hat (if the weather is cool)
Other items
1 small towel or flannel
Washing kit (minimum of toothbrush and paste & comb)
Bin liner (for wet/dirty clothes)
Suncream and hay fever medication
Medication – must be named, in a clear plastic bag and handed in or if needed kept in a safe place
1 mobile phone may be brought but is not needed
1 pair binoculars (if you have or can borrow them)
1 digital camera (if you have one or can borrow one)
Do not take to camp:
Anything electronic, except a mobile phone, such as electronic games, MP3 players, I-pods, etc. They are too easily lost or damaged
Shell suits/nylon clothes – extreme fire injury risk
Aerosols, matches, lighters, or any other flammable liquid or gas – these are dangerous
Anything valuable
Any food items
If you are not sure of anything on, or not on, this list, or do not have items then please ask Helena Craig, who can be contacted on 07798 818772 or campavlonuk@gmail.com 

Camp Avalon 2017
Photograph copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl 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.

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

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Camp Avalon Kit List

Camp Avalon Kit List

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 a group of teenagers on a sugar rush.

General
Small small school backpack to carry belongings
(no large suitcases, large bags or plastic bags)

Clothing (in addition to what they arrive in)
The number of clothes must be sufficient for 3 days /2 nights with a spare set of clothes
1 Warm comfortable clothes for bedtime
2 T-shirt
1 Warm tracksuit-top / fleece / hoodie
1 Outdoor trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not ideal but ok)
2 pairs underwear and socks (thick socks if you are wearing wellies)
1 pair old trainers (as it might  be muddy)
1 waterproof coat
1 Cap (so no hair styling needed)

Other items

1 drinks bottle (to carry a drink during activities)
1 thin blanket (if you have one)
1 small towel or flannel
Washing kit (minimum of toothbrush & comb)
Plastic bag (for wet/dirty clothes)
Suncream and hay fever medication as pollen counts higher in the countryside
Medication – must be named, in a clear plastic bag and handed in or if needed kept in a safe place
1 mobile phone may be brought

Do not take to camp:
Any food items including sweets/snacks
Anything electronic such as electronic games, MP3 players, I-pods, etc. They are too easily damaged or lost
Shell suits/nylon clothes – extreme fire injury risk
Aerosols, matches, lighters, or any other flammable liquid or gas – these are dangerous
Knives or pen knives
Anything valuable

If you are not sure of anything on, or not on, this list, or do not have items then please ask Helena Craig, who can be contacted on 07798 818772 or helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk


Camp Avalon 2017
Photography copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl 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.

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

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Kit List Camp Chew 2019 for those being dropped off

Kit List Camp Chew 2019 for those being dropped off


CAMP CHEW KIT LIST
For children being dropped off

 

Please note: This list is for guidance

Please label everything with the child’s name

 

General
Small holdall or bag to carry belongings
(no large suitcases, large bags or plastic bags)
Completed and signed parent consent forms

Camping Gear
2 Season sleeping bag or duvet
1 Folding camp or garden chair

1 Torch/phone with a torch

 

Mealtimes

Plastic drinks bottle (to carry a drink during activities)

Extra blanket for sitting on (if you have one)

1 small packet of snacks or sweets (must be vegetarian and nut-free eg jelly tots)

 

Clothing (in addition to what they arrive in)

The number of clothes must be sufficient for 2 days/1 night with a spare set of clothes in case of rain or cold

1 Warm comfortable clothes for bedtime (it might be cold)

2 T-shirt

2 Warm tracksuit-top/fleece/hoodie

2 Outdoor trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not ideal but acceptable)
2 Pairs of underwear & socks (thick socks if you are wearing wellies or boots)

1 Walking boots, wellies or old trainers

1 Warm waterproof coat
1 Cap (so no hair styling needed)

1 Woolly hat (if the weather is cool)

 

Other items

1 small towel or flannel

Washing kit (minimum of toothbrush and paste & comb)

Bin liner (for wet/dirty clothes)
Suncream and hay fever medication

Medication – must be named, in a clear plastic bag and handed in or if needed kept in a safe place

1 mobile phone may be brought but is not needed

1 pair of binoculars (if you have or can borrow them)

 

Do not take to camp:
Anything electronic, except a mobile phone, such as electronic games, MP3 players, I-pods, etc. They are too easily lost or damaged
Shell suits/nylon clothes – extreme fire injury risk
Aerosols, matches, lighters, or any other flammable liquid or gas – these are dangerous
Anything valuable
Any food items

 

If you are not sure of anything on, or not on, this list, or do not have items then please ask Helena Craig, who can be contacted on 07798 818772 or helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk

Camp Chew 2017
Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl 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.

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

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Camp Avalon 19-21 July 2019 Details

Camp Avalon 19-21 July 2019 Details

 

BLACK2NATURE

Friday 19 July 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019

Camp Avalon 2017

Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

 

Book onto this amazing nature camp for young people aged 12-18 years. Into its 4th year, Camp Avalon has attracted a number of teenagers to the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury, to spend the weekend birding and getting involved with nature.  It is aimed at those who have no experience of nature and have never been to the countryside or camped as well as those already interested in being outdoors.  These are the links to Birdgirl’s blog posts about the 2015 weekend.

This year we hope to have lots of teenagers who are Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) and or live in the city’s areas of deprivation as well as those who live in the countryside. We will have plenty of activities for both groups.

VME or inner-city teenagers may be accompanied by an adult if they wish but do not need one to attend.

Girls and boys are in separate tents with adults. DBS checked adults will be with the teenagers at all times. All food will be halal.

 

Camp Avalon – Friday Night

http://bit.ly/1PpG6tC

Camp Avalon Mothing Workshop

Copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Mothing Workshop
Copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Mothing Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

 

Camp Avalon – Saturday

http://bit.ly/21m0TVD

Camp Avalon Sketching

Workshop Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Sketching Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Photography workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon photography workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Bird Ringing Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Bird Ringing Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Bird Ringing Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Sunday
Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Birding Walk

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Birding Walk

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

 

Friday 19 July 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019

Camp Avalon – Programme

 

The programme will be finalised shortly depending on final numbers.

Friday 19th July 2019

All activities dependent on weather

 

5.00 pm

Pick-up St Paul’s Learning Centre (CPLC)

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (CS)

Safety briefing, allocating tents and setting up camp

 

7.00 pm – 8.00 pm (CS)

Helping cooking and serving dinner

 

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm (CS)

Everybody to help with carrying dishes to the kitchen, washing up and drying and bringing dishes back

 

8.30 pm – 9.30 pm (CS)

Time to socialize and play football

 

9.30 pm – 10.30 pm

Toasting marshmallows over the fire

 

11 pm

Lights out and no more talking – just sleep

 

Saturday 20th July 2019

7.00 am (CS)

Everybody up and get ready

 

7.30 am – 8.00 am (CS) Breakfast at the campsite

 

8.00 am – 11.30 am (HW)

Birding at Ham Wall, searching for Great White Egret, Bittern and lots of other great birds.  Meet at HWCP.

Led by Chris Craig and Shaun Austin
Filming with ITV West News

11.30 am – 12.00 pm (CS)

Refreshment break

 

12.00 pm – 12.30 pm

Feeding animals on the farm

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm (PFW)
Bio Blitzing in 2 teams

Led by Shaun Austin and Helena Craig

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm (CS)

Lunch

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm (PFW)

Wildlife Photography workshop

Led by Shane Austin

 

4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (CS)

Refreshment break

 

4.30 pm – 5.00 pm (CS)

Tent inspection

 

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm (CS)

Downtime (only after all belongings packed back into backpacks and tents tidied)

 

6.00 pm – 7.30 pm (CS)

Helping cooking and serving dinner

 

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm (CS)

Everybody to help with carrying dishes to the kitchen, washing up and drying and bringing dishes back

 

8.30 pm – 10.30 pm (MD)

Looking for Nightjar and bats on the Mendips (dependent on weather)

Led by Chris Craig

11 pm

Lights out and no more talking – just sleep

 

Sunday 21st July 2019

7.00 am (CS)

Everybody up and get ready

7.30 am – 8.00 am (CS) Breakfast at the campsite

8.00 am – 10.30 am (PFW)

Bird ringing demonstration
Chris Craig, Pete Burston and Mya-Rose Craig
Magazine Photoshoot

10.30 am – 11.00 am (CS)

Refreshment break

11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Walk to Glastonbury Tor

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (CS)

Lunch

1.00 pm – 2.30 pm (CS)

Taking down tents and packing up the campsite
Ayesha Ahmed-Mendoza and Helena Craig

 

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm (CS)

Refreshment break

 

3.00 pm

Finish

4.00 pm

Drop off St Paul’s Learning Centre (SPLC)

 

 

Key to locations

 

SPLC – St Paul’s Learning Centre, Grosvenor Road, St Paul’s, Bristol, BS2 8XJ, telephone 0117 9145470.

CS – Paddington Farm, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JN, Telephone: 01458 832752.

 

PFW – Paddington Farm Woods, near to Camp Site

 

HW – Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, park in the new Ham Wall Car Park if open or Shapwick Heath Car Park opposite, Ashcott Road, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9SX

 

MP – Stockhill Woods, Priddy, Mendips, Somerset BA5 3BE (drive through Wells and then follow A39 towards Bristol and Bath, turn left onto Priddy Road and at the crossroads (with the Hunters Rest on the corner) turn right, the woods are on your right and park in the pull-in before the car park).

 

HWCP – Ham Wall RSPB Reserve Car Park, Ashcott Road, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9SX

Bittern, Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels, March 2015

Photograph was taken by and copyright Mya-Rose Craig

 

Cost

£20.00 per person including food and camping costs

Grants

Free places are available to those young people (and parents/family if they wish to come) from an area of deprivation or who are VME. Camp Avalon recognises that there are almost no young birders from black or minority ethnic backgrounds and so hope that these grants will encourage disadvantaged young people to be able to attend. All equipment needed will also be loaned for the weekend.

 

Thank you to the volunteers who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders.

Black2Nature

Thank you to Paddington Farm and the many people who have supported Black2Nature and these camps and to Chew Valley Ringing Station and the birders who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders.

 

Thank you to Opticron for the donation of five pairs of compact binoculars and discounted optical equipment to this project and to Bristol Ornithological Society for the donation of £2500 for 20 pairs of binoculars.

Thank you also to Go Outdoors for discounted camping equipment and Blenheim Scouts for discounted use of their minibus.

 

Thank you also to Burns Price Foundation, Quartet Community Funding, Community Access Support Services and Alpkit for helping to fund our projects.

 

Transport

Free transport is available to and from Bristol, with pickup from St Paul’s Learning Centre, Grosvenor Road, St Paul’s.

 

How to Book

Please book on Eventbrite or e-mail helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk or text 07798818772 with your name, address, phone number and date of birth and your child’s name and date of birth with any dietary requirements. Please also get in touch if you would like to get involved by volunteering.

 

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

Work With MeBuy Book

 

Camp Avalon 19-21 July 2019 Flyer

Camp Avalon 19-21 July 2019 Flyer

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 phone Helena on 07798818772 or e-mail campavalonuk@gmail.com

£20 per child with free places offered

Free transport from Bristol

Food all halal or veggie

Location – Paddington Farm, Glastonbury
Young People supervised at all times by DBS checked adults

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

Work With MeBuy Book

Camp Avalon 12-14 July 2019 Flyer

Camp Avalon 12-14 July 2019 Flyer

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 phone Helena on 07798818772 or e-mail campavalonuk@gmail.com

£20 per child with free places offered

Free transport from Bristol

Food all halal or veggie

Location – Paddington Farm, Glastonbury
Young People supervised at all times by DBS checked adults

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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

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BME in STEM – A Bristol University Report 2019

BME in STEM – A Bristol University Report 2019

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
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The report produced is essential reading for anyone who wants to see an increase in diversity in the nature conservation, nature media and environmental sectors.

BME in STEM Report

Primary recommendations (for within 1-5 years implementation) are:

  • Unconscious bias training for all University staff and students, mandatory for members of committees or interview panels, and for personnel involved in teaching.
  • Instigate mentoring schemes aimed at supporting BAME accepted applicants, students, and staff.
  • Provide a diverse curriculum that includes BAME contributions to science and ensures diversity on teaching committees. Where it is not possible to find diversity in professorial staff, the introduction of BAME post-doctorates and postgraduates to the committee should be implemented.
  • Introduce anonymised applications in the undergraduate recruitment process.
  • BAME role models are needed at all career stages and can be provided through outreach activities, invited speakers and by ensuring the curriculum includes contributions made by BAME individuals to STEM.

BME in STEM Conference Panel

Copyright BME in STEM Report

 

A detailed action plan summarising all of the recommendations can be found at the very end of this document.

Within a year of submitting this report, a follow-up review will be conducted to assess how far the university has come in implementing these changes.

 

Panel and Speakers:

BME in STEM Conference Panel

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    • Cllr. Cleo Lake; the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Bristol
    • Dr Erinma Ochu MBE; Lecturer in Science Communication and Future Media at the University
      of Salford
    • Dr Emmanuel Adukwu; Senior Lecturer (Biomedical Science) and Employability Lead –
      Coordinator UWE Africa Network and Africa Week at UWE
    • Dr Mark Richards; Senior Teaching Fellow and Head of Physics Outreach at Imperial College
      London
    • Professor Fred Manby; Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at University of Bristol
    • Professor Christina Hicks; Lecturer in Political Ecology at Lancaster University
    • Nasra Ayub; Undergraduate Education Officer at University of Bristol Student Union Doctoral College

Cleo Lake at BME in STEM Conference Panel

Copyright BME in STEM Report

 

Facilitators:

    • Mr Sammuel Zubair; University of Bristol
    • Ms. Rebecca Scott; University of Bristol
    • Mr Robiu Salisu; University of Bristol
    • Miss Nuzhat Tabassum; University of Bristol
    • Miss Angela Suriyakumaran; University of Bristol
    • Mr Khalid Hammad; University of Bristol
    • Mrs. Helena Craig; Bristol local
    • Dr Mark Richards; Imperial College London
    • Ms. Jenny Hawkins; University of Bristol, GW4+

BME in STEM Conference Panel

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Helping Members:

    • Ms Sally Patterson; University of Bristol
    • Miss Tumi Edun; University of Bristol
    • Miss Vicky Phung; University of Bristol
    • Miss Maggie Kadembo; University of Bristol
    • Mr David Nzewi; University of Bristol
    • Miss Nana Agyare; University of Bristol
    • Miss Mwaka Sipula; University of Bristol
    • Mr Jamie Davis; University of Bristol
    • Mr Julio Mkok; University of Bristol
    • Miss Emma Crossley; University of Bristol
    • Miss Mae Masters; University of Bristol
    • Miss Joanna Clowes; University of Bristol
    • Miss Marla Mbemba; University of Bristol
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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.

Find Out More

To find out more about working with me or to buy my book, please use the links below.

Work With MeBuy Book