Stephen Hewitt

Northern Ireland Engagement Coordinator

Interests & Responsibilities

Stephen’s role is to develop and promote the work of BTO in Northern Ireland. Stephen hopes to increase voluntary participation in all BTO projects in the province. This will provide rigorous scientific data that can be used by government and NGOs to inform conservation measures here. A native of Lurgan in County Armagh, prior to BTO Stephen worked for almost nine years in ecological consultancy. Before that he worked in conservation for Craigavon Borough Council and as a Research Assistant for RSPB NI. Stephen is a long-term BTO volunteer, undertaking surveys such as the BBS, WBBS and WeBS amongst others. Since 2010 he has been BTO Regional Representative for County Armagh.

Stephen particularly enjoys the Nest Record Scheme and monitors around 100 passerine nests annually. He has a fondness for Blackcaps, because of the challenges of watching them back to the nest and the interesting variations in behaviour and song between individuals. He is a Nest Record Scheme Mentor. Stephen would be delighted to hear directly from anybody who is interested in participating in BTO projects in Northern Ireland and those who might need support to get started.


BSc (Hons) Countryside and Environmental Management – Harper Adams University College, 2010
FdSc Rural and Countryside Management – Greenmount CAFRE, 2009

Other Publications

Hewitt, S. (2013) Avian drop-catch play: a review. British Birds 106: 2016-216.

Hewitt, S., Harbinson, P., Mawhinney, K., McLaughlin, M., Smith, L. & Sherwin, H. (2012) Unusual interaction between Common Raven and Mountain Hare. British Birds 105: 222.

Hewitt, S. (2011) Probable object play among gulls in Staffordshire. British Birds 104: 94–95.Hewitt, S. (2011) Common Raven taking food from hill-walkers. British Birds. Available online: