Albert’s Gullfest plus the Speed King. By Toby Carter.
Toby is 13 years of age and lives in a small rural village in Leicestershire. He loves birdwatching and has been doing it for 6 years; he mainly goes birding around his local patch or Rutland Water, and his favourite reserve is Cley Marsh in Norfolk. Recently, he has taken up Bird Ringing with the BTO, which he has found very helpful with identification and feels that you appreciate birds more in the hand. He has ringed Wigeon, Stock Dove, Little Owl, Kestrel and Jackdaw . He is also a wildlife photographer, and in 2011 his photograph of a Kittiwake at Scarborough was runner-up in the RSPB’s Wildpix under 12’s competition.
If you like it then should you put a ring on it? By Lucy McRobert.
Lucy McRobert is an environmental historian, nature writer, researcher and Creative Director of the ‘A Focus On Nature’ scheme, which seeks to encourage young people into nature conservation in Britain. She gained an award-winning First Class degree from the University of Nottingham in 2012, and whilst an undergraduate was runner-up in BBC Wildlife magazines’ ‘Nature Writer of the Year’ competition. Lucy has written for several publications and most recently has started penning her own column in Birdwatch; she now works for the Wildlife Trusts as a Researcher on Tony Juniper’s forthcoming publication examining What has Nature ever done for Britain? and has recently been appointed as Outreach Officer for the Rutland Osprey Project.
NatureSpy is a small business that primarily uses wildlife camera traps to help people make a connection with the wildlife in their area, working with schools, nature reserves, individuals and environmental organisations. A Focus On Nature is looking to work with NatureSpy in the future.
Peregrines in South Devon with Luke Sutton, by Robert Bosisto
Robert Bosisto was recently put in contact with Luke Sutton, through his A Focus On Nature mentor Ed Drewitt. Together, they set out for a day of voluntary fieldwork, contributing to the growing wealth of knowledge of the most iconic of birds, the Peregrine.