Young Leaders

Young birders by Ben Porter
Nick Moran, Faye Vogely, Nick Whitehouse
Monday, August 5, 2019 - 14:00 to Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 14:00
Fully booked

BTO and Spurn Bird Observatory residential course for young leaders in the environmental sector

There’s never been a more important time for young people who care about birds and the environment to take positive action. If you’re aged 16–23, this residential course – based at the world-famous Spurn Bird Observatory and run jointly by BTO and the bird observatory – will help you develop your leadership skills and better equip you to make a difference.

The course will run Monday 5–Thursday 8 August 2019, and cost just £45*. It will involve a wide range of interactive indoor and outdoor sessions covering a variety of skills from organisation to influencing, all designed to give you more confidence to play an active leadership role in the environmental sector. There’ll be time for some birding, too, at one of the best times of year for waders on the Humber estuary!

*The costs of running the course have been subsidised by BTO and SBOT, including accommodation, food and tuition, hence it is being offered at a low price. If the cost will be prohibitive for you but you are interested in attending, please email training [at]


  • Build confidence in communicating, both digitally and face-to-face 
  • Develop organisational skills, essential for effective leadership
  • Learn how to reach and persuade key influencers to support your cause
  • Practise leading practical engagement activities 

There will also be chance to think about ways you can improve your CV, and learn about the various employment opportunities at BTO, Spurn Bird Observatory and elsewhere in the sector.

Applications are closed for 2019 and the course is full. Details will appear on the BTO website if we are able to offer it again in 2020.



Spurn Bird Observatory
Spurn Bird Observatory
HU12 0UB Hull
United Kingdom