I am Alex Chapman, 17 years old, from the beautiful county of Dorset. As a passionate bird watcher and amateur wildlife photographer, I have a burning desire to play my part in conserving and protecting nature right across the globe - and here at the Cameron Bespolka Trust, I’m only just getting started!
I have particular interests in conservation, ecology, palaeontology, cryptozoology and ornithology, but I have a huge wholesome love for nature.
Most of my days are spent actively watching a range of bird species on my local patches, in between study and sports. If I’m not out watching wildlife, I’ll be researching conservation efforts, volunteering opportunities and general information with the hope to apply this to intellectual discussions or wildlife volunteering.
I became a young ambassador for the trust following a successful application for the Cornell Event Scholarship in 2019, for which I am eternally grateful. So far, the trust has taken me on an exciting and fascinating journey- and I haven’t even left for the States yet!
Having not previously had the opportunity to get involved with nature, my allegiance with the trust and my new set of wheels (and drivers license), have given me the perfect platform to fulfil my potential with experience and volunteering in nature- it is bound to be a very exciting year indeed!
The work that the trust does is amazing, and targeting the next generation in such a pinnacle point in a worldwide conservation movement, is something that I am very excited to be involved in.
Traditionally, Blackcaps arrive in the UK and Ireland to form our breeding populations from early April, with the females often arriving a week or two later than the males, breeding in scrubby woodland habitat.
It is believed that being a versatile eater allows the Blackcap to be an early summer visitor. As with some other summer migrants, their arrival dates have become progressively earlier since the middle of the 1970s, a pattern which is increasingly being linked to climate change and its …