BTO award winners

15 Nov 2016
BTO award winners by Nick Caro

The ceremony, held on the opening night of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) Natural Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, celebrated the contribution of some fantastic ornithologists, young and old, amateur and professional. Supported by the Marsh Christian Trust, this year’s winners were Prof Will Cresswell, of the St Andrews University, for his work on long-distance migrants and predation ecology, Dick Newell and his Action for Swifts organisation for his innovative work to reduce Swift declines, and Tony Cross and Adrienne Stratford, for their fabulous long-term Welsh Chough Project, which has included colour-ringing over 5,000 birds since 1991. Prof Pertti Saurola of the University of Helsinki collected the international award for his pioneering long-term studies on birds of prey and monitoring in Finland, while Hampshire ringer and surveyor, Josie Hewitt, scooped the young ornithologist award for her hard work, engaging and inspiring her peers. This year’s Dilys Breese Medal for outstanding science communication went to BirdGuides founder Max Whitby. Many congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everybody who attended and supported this event.