Drew Lyness

Development and Engagement Coordinator (England)

Drew is responsible for managing and supporting our fantastic Regional Network volunteers, expanding the BTO community in priority regions and delivering engagement opportunities for a wide range of audiences throughout England.

Interests & Responsibilities

Since graduating from UEA in Ecology, Drew has delivered roles supporting and developing volunteer communities at both the RSPB and Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Drew aims to use his background in volunteer management to grow and develop the Regional Network of volunteers in England; expand
coverage of our long-term monitoring schemes and surveys; provide regular local training opportunities for existing and prospective volunteers in priority regions; and deliver local communication and profile-raising work for BTO regions.
Based in Norfolk, Drew is a passionate birder and naturalist who largely focuses his efforts on his local patch in the RSPB Mid-Yare Valley reserves, where he remains a visitor engagement volunteer, as well as a BTO surveys volunteer. He is particularly proud of his contributions to records of rare and scarce species in the area but also in monitoring more regular migrant birds too.
He continues to make it his mission to connect more people to nature, help them understand birdlife and other biodiversity around them and, crucially, enable both individuals and communities to become part of vital scientific research to protect wildlife - a pursuit he is particularly excited to be a part of with the BTO!


BSc(hons) Ecology, University of East Anglia, 2017