The BirdTrack team

There are a few key members of the BirdTrack team who spend at least part of their working day beavering away behind the scenes. Here is a little bit about us (more serious information is available by clicking on our names). If you manage to identify us in the field, please come and say hello.

For any information about BirdTrack, help with the website and smartphone apps or to make any comments, please email us at birdtrack [at]

Scott Mayson (BirdTrack Organiser)

Scott joined the team as BirdTrack Organiser in August 2017. Born and bred on the Suffolk coast he spent much of his youth at RSPB Minsmere where he learnt the finer details of bird identification and also volunteered on the reserve for over 20 years. He became the Bird Recorder for southeast Suffolk in 2007 and as part of this role helps collate and sort the data for the annual Suffolk Bird report. Scott also sits on the Suffolk Ornithological Records Committee which oversees all the submitted records of rare and scarce birds within the county.

As an active birder he is keen on his patch at Thorpeness on the Suffolk coast which he has watched for over 10 years, finding birds such as Red-breasted Flycatcher, Radde’s Warbler, Cory’s Shearwater and Richard’s Pipit. Scott is also a keen digiscoper and has been doing it since the good old days of the Coolpix 4500 back in the early 2000's. He prefers to take photos of species within their environment rather than frame filling shots of just the bird.

Mark Hammond

Mark joined the BTO as a Java Web Programmer in May 2010 and spends his work time fixing bugs and building new modules, including the fantastic global data entry tool.

Mark prefers his creature comforts above the great outdoors, and so lists his hobbies as retro computer games and electronics, reading, movies, sleeping, and eating pizza. He is often found after work in a swimming pool in a long running failure to keep fit. Mark is not a ‘twitcher’, and while he likes birds, he couldn’t eat a whole one…

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