A Focus On Nature

Birders

TJTim Jones

Birder.
Ringer.
Blogger.
Conservation Volunteer.

Tim graduated in 2013 from the University of York having studied Environmental Science for 3 years. After graduating he has been volunteering at Spurn Bird Observatory from late August to early December seeing and learning a lot about birds! He has been interested in wildlife since he was young and this has grown into a passion for mainly birds and occasionally butterfiles, dragonflies and other forms of nature. He’d love to be able to make a career out of conservation and educating the next generation about just how cool the natural world is! He is a trainee ringer at Spurn and his blog is www.timsbirding.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

Jonnie FiskJonnie Fisk

Birder.
Moth-er.
Invertebrate enthusiast.
Conservation Volunteer.

Jonnie is irrevocably interested in all forms of wildlife, but birds have been his rock since he can remember. An unashamed (yet unintentional) ‘stringer’ when he was young, he has now developed as an ornithologist and savours every minute in the field. Increasingly, however, birds are becoming a shared interest with invertebrates.  Moths and Odonata eased him in before he fell down the rabbit hole, into a whole new world of winged insects. Sawflies and wasps hold his fascination at the minute, but jumping spiders have also crawled into his head. He is also awed by bats and spent some of last summer with the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group monitoring maternity roosts. He is involved with local naturalist groups, the Garden Moth Scheme and is a trainee ringer with the BTO. A career in wildlife conservation is his goal, as nature is really the only thing which can repeatedly enthral and surprise him. “I wouldn’t want it any other way”.

 

Olly FramptonOlly Frampton

Birder.
Blogger.
Naturalist.

Olly has been interested in all aspects of wildlife for as long as he can remember, though it was only in the last few years that he took a real interest in birds. Now a keen birder & becoming more widely known on the birding scene, in his spare time, Olly is usually out birdwatching at his local patch at Hengistbury Head in Dorset, though he frequently visits some of the excellent birding sites that Hampshire holds, including The New Forest, Keyhaven & Pennington Marshes, & Blashford Lakes which all feature on his agenda throughout the year. He is very much involved with the Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group (CHOG) through feeding back any recordings of interesting bird & butterfly sightings after each visit to the area, which contribute to the website & annual report. Although Olly currently works full time for a supermarket near his home in Christchurch, a career involved in nature conservation is something he hopes to achieve in the near future.

View Olly’s Birding Blog
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Justin GillingsJustin Gillings

Birder.
Conservation Volunteer.
Wildlife Photographer.

Justin Gillings is an 18 year old birder from south west Wales.  He is currently in his last year of A levels, studying Biology, Geography and Photography, and looking to pursue a career in conservation.  He has been birding since he can remember, and he volunteering for the last 4-5 years, completing all sorts of surveys.  Since the summer of 2009, he has been heavily involved with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Dyfi Osprey Project, the Osprey family that has appeared on Springwatch/Autumnwatch in the last couple of years.  Despite being so involved with Ospreys, they have to share his #1 bird spot with the Short-Eared Owl.  He spent a week volunteering on Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire, back in August 2013, having been sponsored by the BTO.  He is hoping to go back in the summer of 2014 to volunteer.

 

Euan BuchanEuan Buchan

Birder.
Youth Engagement.
Conservation Volunteer.
Photographer.

Euan Buchan has been  birdwatching since 2000. His first encounter of birds & birdwatching came at a early age of 13 when he saw a programme called Birding With Bill Oddie in 1997. Bill Oddie’s expertise made him interested in birdwatching, but it wasn’t until 2000 when he got into it properly and has been doing it ever since. He has been  lucky to have watched birds in America, France, the Outer Hebrides, England, Ireland, Cuba & St Kilda. In 2003, he volunteered at RSPB’s Loch Leven Nature Reserve. Whilst he was there his proudest achievement was at the Reserve when a young boy came up to him and said “you’ve inspired me to taking up birding”. In 2010, he became a Wildlife Watch Group Leader until March of 2011. In 2012, he became an Events Research Assistant at the RSPB’s Scotland Headquarters: more volunteer work. His local patches are his local Park, Cammo Estate and Cramond Beach, and also dabbles in wildlife photography and filmmaking.

Visit Euan’s website: www.theedinburghbirdwatcher.zoomshare.com