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Wild Images of Scilly. By Ed Marshall

 

Born and raised in Birmingham, until moving to Tamworth Ed was always surrounded by a bit of a concrete jungle. This is one of the main reasons why he has always taken such an interest in the natural world. He studied a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology at the University of Nottingham, which saw him travel to Portugal, Ireland, and (more exotically) to Bolivia. His love of watching wildlife is what led him to pick up a camera roughly 5 years ago and to start taking pictures of the various natural wonders that he experienced, and his scientific background allowed him to further understand the images that he captured. He went on to hone his knowledge and passion for wildlife photography by gaining a Distinction in the MSc course in Biological Photography & Imaging, also from the University of Nottingham.

 

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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.

Toby will be taking part in our Young Ornithologists Workshop at the BTO on the 16th April 2014. Follow our link for more information!

Check out Toby’s Blog – the Grimston Warbler

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Fulfilling my childhood dream: jungle living. By Matt Williams.

Matt has been a member of the RSPB since the age of five and has never looked back. He remembers writing to Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth at the age of seven, shocked at the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. His passion for the natural world has led him to work for a range of NGOs as both an employee and volunteer, as well as running his own projects. Professionally, Matt specialises in climate change policy, communications and youth engagement. He has worked and volunteered for the RSPB in a number of roles, including as a membership recruiter, an assistant warden and in the climate change policy team. He is a founding member and former Co-Director of the UK Youth Climate Coalition and attended a UN climate conference in 2011, and holds degrees from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and a diploma from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. During 2013-14 Matt is working in Borneo, Indonesia, as Communications Manager for the Orangutan Tropical Peatand Project.

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Tom Mason’s Latvian Adventure

Young wildlife photographer, Tom Mason, was lucky enough to spend a few valuable days in Latvia with his mentor, David Lindo. Read about his trip here…

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Got the Horn(emann’s)…

After stoutly promising my friend Ed Drewitt only last weekend that I would never surface before 8:00 in the morning to see a bird (an otter maybe, but a bird?!), Friday saw me trundling along down the A14 at 5:00 am in search of what has been dubbed the ‘Bird of the Year’ by many, the Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll. Admittedly, I wasn’t actually driving, and admittedly, I may have drifted off for an hour or two, but by my standards, this was the earliest start I had submitted to in years. I wasn’t even that fussed about the bird – the poor thing is hopelessly lost and has quite possibly ended up down an evolutionary cul-de-sac. I was definitely going along for the ride with this one, and only the promise of an excellent weekend with topnotch food and company was keeping me going.

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The Nature of Youth

“I am anxious for you and the boy’s future – make the boy interested in natural history if you can, it is better than games, they encourage at some schools – I know you will keep him out in the open air.” – Captain Falcon Scott to his wife, 29th March 2012

This weekend at the BTO 79th Annual Conference I had the privilege of meeting some exceptional individuals, including Kane Brides, Gillian Dinsmore, Chris Bridges and Alex Rhodes. All were dynamic and engaging, and all had a story to tell. They were excellently received with much applause and nods of agreement, as they highlighted their experiences as young people in the world of nature conservation.

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BTO 79th Annual Conference

The Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire, was this weekend transformed into a delectable mishmash of innovative ideas, dynamic discussion and inspirational individuals, all brought together in the BTO 79th Annual Conference. The talks were interesting and informative, the company was witty and intellectual (I exclude myself here – I was slurred to say the least), the wine was fine and the whisky flowing in copious quantities.

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The Curious Incident of the Toad in the Night-Time

It’s rather embarrassing for someone claiming an affinity towards British nature to admit that they have more than a minor aversion to frogs and toads. In fact, I can’t bloody stand them. I don’t like the unpredictable leaps of common frogs, and I’m not overly keen on warts; I don’t know if you’ve ever heard a toad screaming, but it’s genuinely unnerving.

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The secret life of Martes martes

© Simon Eaves 2012

It appeared quite suddenly from beneath the hide. Surprisingly (usually my powers of observation are slight), I was the first to spot it, and even more surprisingly, I squealed the correct species.

‘Pine marten!’

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