Young Leaders

Networking session. Nick Moran
Faye Vogely, Nick Moran, Nick Whitehouse, Shaun Robson
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 14:00 to Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 14:00
Places available

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 26–Thursday 29 July 2021*, and costs 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!

*As long as COVID restrictions allow. We will keep this page updated based on the government guidance closer to the time of the course.

**The costs of running the course have been subsidised by BTO, Cameron Bespolka Trust 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 youth [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.

There are ten places available on the course. To apply for a spot, email youth [at] with a document outlining your answers to the following two questions:

1. Why do you want to join the course? Tell us a bit about how you think learning leadership skills will help you. (max. 500 words)

2. Who is a leader you admire? (max. 100 words)

Applications close 11.59pm on 30 June 2021. We will endeavour to let successful applicants know they have secured a place on the course by July 6th. 



Spurn Bird Observatory
Spurn Bird Observatory Easington Road Kilnsea
HU12 0UB Hull , ERY
United Kingdom
East Riding of Yorkshire GB