We are delighted to be sponsoring the Young  Leaders course organised by the British Trust for Ornithology.

Update: The course is now closed for 2023. Read our report from the event

2023 Report

Date: 21st -24th August 2023
Venue: Cameron's Cottage, New Forest

This course will be open to young people aged between 18 - 24 (inclusive) who want to make a difference to the natural world.  This course focuses on skills that will help you advance as a leader and will include practical skills and theoretical skills as well as communication skills and working with other people.  

The course is aimed is held over 4 days at Cameron's Cottage in the New Forest. The participants undertake a wide range of activities aimed at improving their skills as leaders. They learn everything from making the most of social media to turning their passion for nature into a career.

Some of the activities took me a little by surprise but having done them I felt that I had definitely gained confidence. Having the opportunity to go birding in the area at the start and end of each day was also fantastic

Jonathan Farooqi

Course Objectives

Negotiating and influencing; how to use a leadership position to affect positive change.
Guiding events; from bird walks to debates, how do you run and organise a safe and inclusive event?
Networking; put into practice some of the theory around networking in an interactive activity.
Building a community; how do you bring together a variety of stakeholders for the greater good?
Working in partnership; understanding the importance of working together in the sector.
Practical skills; such as running successful meetings, making presentations, and writing CVs

For an insight into this great opportunity, read a report by a previous year's winner Jonathan Farooqi 


Banner image above White-rumped Sandpiper by Jonathan Farooqi


There are eleven places available on the course. To apply for a spot, download the information pack and then apply online using the webform. We especially welcome applications from young women and under represented groups looking to develop their leadership skills. You do not need to be a bird watcher to apply.

Applications close 11.59pm on 25 July 2023 and will be reviewed anonymously. We will aim to let successful applicants know they have secured a place on the course by August 2nd.


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