Top 5 birding hotspots for Wonderlust

Top 5 birding hotspots for Wonderlust

Being asked to write a piece for Wonderlist – The Original Travel Magazine – was really exciting!

My article was about my top 5 birding hotspots – the fantastic places where you can see lots of different bird species. It was hard to choose 5, but here it is:

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Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig, USA

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Volunteering at Camp Chew 20-23 June 2019

Volunteering at Camp Chew 20-23 June 2019

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Youth Worker at nature camp for teenagers from disadvantaged, VME or rural backgrounds.

We desperately need volunteers from 20-23 June 2019 at Compton Martin & Chew Valley near Bristol.

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

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Camp Avalon 2017

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Volunteer tasks

By 17 June 2019 – split between volunteers

  • to prepare an Eventbrite report with contacts for children/volunteers.
  • to finalise the camp programme and e-mail parents/volunteers.
  • to finalise a breakdown of tasks with who is responsible for what.
  • to prepare and print parent consent forms.

Camp Avalon 2017

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On 20 June 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.

 

21 June 2019 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm 

  • to finish setting up at the campsite.

 

21 June 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 ensure parents sign consent forms.
  • to remind parents that they need to both come to pick up their children for a camp feedback session and so the children can have their free gift.

Camp Avalon 2017

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21 June 2019 5.00 pm to 22 June 4.00 pm

  • to be nature volunteers engaging teens in nature activities; or
  • to work as a youth worker engaging with VME children age 7-11 year olds at our nature camp;
  • to talk to children about nature;
  • to talk to children about how going outside helps with mental health;
  • to talk to children about the need to protect the environment
  • to talk to children about what they can do to help the environment and wildlife
  • to support nature volunteers who are providing 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 children 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.

Camp Chew 2017

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22 June – 4 pm to 6.30 pm

  • to travel back in the minibus with the children;
  • to help set up a table and Gazebo outside St Pauls’ Resource Centre with literature from Time to Talk, a mental health charity;
  • to talk to parents with their children about the camp, how the children enjoyed getting outside, how it was good for their mental health and academic achievement, what the parents can do to carry on with that in terms of continuing to take their children outside and enjoy nature.
  • to then talk to the parents about mental health in order to raise awareness of the issue;
  • to let the children have their free water bottle after these discussions have taken place;
  • to if possible, video the parents about what they feel the benefits for their children have been.

 

23 July 10 am to 5 pm

  •  To take down tents, pack up campsite and put into storage.

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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
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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

 

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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
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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
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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.

 

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

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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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By 17 & 24 July
  • to prepare two 700-word blog posts about the camps with images.
Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
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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
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