The Trust is proud to sponsor the four bird camps that run every year in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. We always hope that these events will ignite a passion for the natural world in the budding ornithologists who attend them.
For 12 year-old Naomi who attended the Scottish camp in 2022, the event further flamed her interest in bird watching that began during Covid and set her on the course for active conservation fundraising. Writing in the Scottish Ornithologists Club journal Naomi wrote; “Recently, my friends made me aware of how many birds were dying from avian flu – before then I didn’t know much. It reminded me of the trip to see the Gannets at Bass Rock that I did at the SOC/BTO Scotland Scottish Bird Camp last summer”. Naomi decided to do something proactive and, utilising her love of art, joined with her friends at school in running a fundraising stall selling cards and painted pieces featuring birds and animals.
I want to help because I love birds - when I’m birdwatching, I lose track of time, it’s just me and the bird and nothing to worry about.
At the time of writing the article Naomi and her friends had raised £480.00 which they plan to donate to the BTOs avian flu support appeal.