Yorkshire Ornithologist receives recognition from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

06 Dec 2021 | No. 2021-53

Mike Archer, of Sheffield, received the BTO's Jubilee Medal for his contributions to British ornithology, which are many and varied.

Mike clearly recognises the importance of inspiring the next generation of young people to monitor our birds. He has been fundamental in helping young people to engage with the BTO’s activities and citizen science surveys and by suggesting the support of a number of places for young people at the BTO’s annual conference, which he has generously funded, jointly with the BTO, since 2007. Mike also pioneered, and continues to support and be actively involved in, the Young Bird Observatory Volunteers programme – a grant scheme run through BTO to support young people making residential stays to volunteer at Bird Observatories.

He also spearheaded a drive to encourage Bird Observatories to digitise their Daily bird counts. The observatories have gathered decades-worth of valuable records from all corners of Britain.  Mike has worked tirelessly to encourage individual observatories to undertake the enormous and essential task of computerising their records and to recruit willing volunteers to help with unglamorous task of data entry.

Nick Moran, nominating Mike for the award, said, “Mike has long been a strong advocate for the collection of robust scientific data on birds, and ensuring that these data are available to BTO and beyond, both now and in the future. None of this has been easy, yet Mike has approached it all with unwavering diplomacy, tact and endless patience! I cannot think of a more worthy recipient of the BTO Jubilee Medal.”

Mike Archer, receiving the award said, “WELL DONE THE VOLUNTEERS, where would we be without you!!”

The Jubilee Medal is awarded to individuals who have shown outstanding and committed devotion to the Trust.

Contact Details
Paul Stancliffe
 (BTO Media Manager)
Mobile: 07585 440910
Email: press [at] bto.org (subject: News%20release%20enquiry)

Mike Toms (Head of Communications)
Mobile 07850 500791
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Notes for editors
BTO is the UK's leading bird research charity. A growing membership and up to 60,000 volunteer birdwatchers contribute to BTO's surveys, collecting information that underpins conservation action in the UK. BTO maintains a staff of 100 at its offices in Thetford, Stirling, Bangor (Wales) and Belfast (Northern Ireland), who analyse and publicise the results of surveys and projects. BTO's work is funded by BTO supporters, government, trusts, industry and conservation organisations. www.bto.org

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