Inspiring the next generation is crucially important to any organisation, club or charity and BTO is certainly no execption.
We need to make ourselves known to younger people and raise awareness of what we do. With luck, many of these younger people will discover the fun and value of bird surveying straight away and get involved in some aspect of BTO volunteering. Even those that currently have other priorities will, hopefully, return to us later in their careers.
Getting the BTO 'out there' to a younger audience is a priority as we increase membership and continue to promotre a higher profile in Wales. Having Student Ambassadors based in many of the Welsh university colleges is a fantastic way to raise the awareness of BTO and our surveys to students.
Currently we have ambassadors at Bangor, Aberystwyth, Swansea and Cardiff Universities. The ambassadors are JonesZ3 [at] cardiff.ac.uk (Zoe Jones)kingscott-edmundsj [at] cardiff.ac.uk ( )at Cardiff, M.Y.GEORGIEV.957817 [at] swansea.ac.uk (Martin Georgiev) at Swansea,lizziewaring17 [at] gmail.com ( Lizzie Waring) at Aberystwyth, and tbc18vrc [at] bangor.ac.uk (Toby Carter) at Bangor.
Wales student ambassadors
M.Y.GEORGIEV.957817 [at] swansea.ac.uk (Martin Georgiev)
lizziewaring17 [at] gmail.com (Lizzie Waring)
tbc18vrc [at] bangor.ac.uk (Toby Carter)
JonesZ3 [at] cardiff.ac.uk (Zoe Jones)
Where are the young women in birding?
As we continue to work on making birding more inclusive, how do young women perceive birding? Five young birders share their experiences.
Wader ID virtual training (2 sessions, Tuesdays 10am)
The training will consist of two weekly online modules, complemented by supported self-study exercises which will be provided after each session. The training will be run by BTO staff members who are experienced...