We were once again delighted to sponsor this year’s Bird Camp at Thetford, Norfolk by partnering with BTO. A wonderful group of young birders arrived on Friday 26th at the BTO headquarters, excited to be able to participate on our second annual event.

Their home for the weekend

The young birdwatchers were aged between 12 - 18 and participated in birding (banding), nest finding and monitoring, bird surveying and moth trapping. They also saw ornithology in action with the fitting of a GPS-tracker to a Nightjar as part of our ongoing research in Thetford Forest. They visited a number of nature reserves and a local bird observatory and heard talks from group leaders and volunteers. The group recorded more than 100 species of bird over the weekend and found a number of new nests for the monitoring programme on the nature reserve. New birds were seen, new friendships formed and for some, a new career path almost certainly developed! Have a look at this video which speaks for itself:

“It was so fun! I really enjoyed it and saw many new species and met some great people and am very grateful to have been chosen. Thanks sooooo much it was amazing! I hope to meet again and can't thank you enough and the Cameron Bespollka trust for funding the event.”

Michael Sinclair , 12

Blogs and Tweets
Please check out these incredible stories and blogs written by some of the young birders who attended.

Michael Sinclair (12):
Read Michael's Blog

James Miller (15):
Read James' Blog

Ieuan Evans:
Read Ieuan's Twitter Story

Thank you so much giving us such an amazing summary of a wonderful weekend.  We look forward to next year.  

Photo by Martin Bennett