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I've had a love for the natural world since the age of eight, with birds always having a special place in my heart. As I've got older I've realised what a dire state some of our species are in, and the many threats they face. Birds give me so much joy, I spend so much time observing them, learning about them, photographing them, and appreciating their individual stories. That's why I'm raising money for the BTO for my 21st birthday, with a goal of £2100.
I'll be going on and documenting 21 wildlife walks around the UK, discovering amazing wildlife, fascinating stories, and talking to inspirational people. These include visits to Walthomstow Wetlands, Alladale Wilderness Reserve, RSPB Arne, and many more. I'll be sharing with you a vlog from every walk which will be posted on my social media. I aim to share my love of nature as well as alert others of the biodiversity crisis and important conservation issues. These walks will run from June until the 23rd September, my 21st birthday.
I've been involved with the British Trust for Ornithology since I was 13. I spent a weekend at their now well-known bird camps, learning about citizen science, talking to like-minded young people, and seeing some fabulous wildlife. Since then I've been an ambassador for their Garden Birdwatch Survey, bird ringer, and youth representative. They carry out vital research on birds which go on to inform conservation.
Half on the fundraised money will go to the BTO's research and the other half to BTO Youth. BTO Youth is a team of youth representatives, advisory panel members, and staff which create and run events for young people. These events aim to make birding and nature accessible and enjoyable for all. In Dorset I've run birding walks, guest speaker events, and online workshops. I've seen first hand the amazing work the BTO do.
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All my vlogs will be uploaded to my social media as well as Youtube channel found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBx6Kt2ScxiJwuzR8yWbzlQ
Thank you to Leica Sport Optics for sponsoring this project.