Cameron died on December 17th 2013, aged just sixteen, in a tragic accident. He was a young man full of promise who was prematurely taken from us.  He will always be loved, missed and cherished by his family and friends.

From a very early age, he had an extremely strong love of nature. As he grew older, birding became his passion. He loved everything about birds: watching and observing them, photographing them, twitching (traveling sometimes huge distances to see a rare bird) keeping lists and records of birds seen, learning how to ring birds, as well as studying and recognising characteristics from his Collins UK Bird Guide and his Sibley North American Bird Guide.

He had his own ‘patch’ in Winchester where he observed and recorded bird life throughout the year.  He was always looking for ways to be involved in nature and participate in birding activities but often found it hard to find ways for young teenagers to get involved. Many projects and volunteering opportunities were not available till 18 years old. In his memory we therefore wish to create some new opportunities that are open to teenagers to discover the wonderful world of birds and nature.

Cameron started his own birding blog in 2012



Cameron’s Legacy: Cameron’s Cottage in the New Forest / 23.05.23
To celebrate the official opening week at Cameron’s Cottage, we are very proud to share this …
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Nightingale in memory of Cameron / 13.07.20
Please listen to this beautiful song written in memory of Cameron, “Nightingale” …
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The Cameron Bespolka Outdoor Classroom opens / 11.11.19
Winchester College in Hampshire has created an outdoor classroom in memory of Cameron. The project …
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A bench for Cameron at the Pilgrims’ School / 11.07.18
As his leaving project, Benedict Smailes raised funds to create a very special bench in memory of …
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