I’m Elliot Montieth, a 19 year-old all round nature addict based on the Wirral peninsula in Cheshire. I have particular interests in geology, entomology and arachnology, however my heart is set upon ornithology with my main areas of focus being the identification of ages, sexes and subspecies.
The Cameron Bespolka Trust has been a charity I’ve admired and had the up-most respect for since day one. In the autumn that Cameron sadly passed away in, I was attending an RSPB Phoenix Conservation Weekend at RSPB Conwy. Here, for the first time in my life, I encountered other young Birders such as myself. I’ll never forget the priceless joy I felt that weekend, being around similar aged likeminded folk and everyone just unloading their knowledge and experiences – life-long friends were made.
Following the RSPB Phoenix Camp I attended several more young birders events across the breath of Great Britain, all of which were now supported by The Cameron Bespolka Trust: Phoenix Camp’16 at RSPB Saltholme, BTO Bird Camp’16 and BTO Bird Camp’17. These events create a safe environment, for like-minded NGB’s to socialise in whilst at the same being educated in the ways of the environmental sector. I salute The Cameron Bespolka Trust for all the work they do, they are the unsung heroes of today’s conservation scene.
In 2018 I thought I’d give something back, I walked 100 miles in just over 4 days from my home town Birkenhead, across North Wales to the picturesque seaside town of Aberdaron. In total £1564.61 was donated all to aid the future developments of the trust. A few months down the line I was over the moon to hear that I’d been elected to take the years once in a life-time Scholarship to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York (A trip which at this moment in time I’m currently packing for!).
As do The Cameron Bespolka Trust, I love and find it my duty to play my part in inspiring the next generation, passing on knowledge and ensuring they have the best opportunities to excel in the areas their hearts are set upon. From years of surveying experience in all sectors, to internships at Bird Observatories such as Bardsey & Fair Isle, working alongside corporations such as Peel Holdings & local Councils, being a proud Ambassador for Viking Optics and reasonably top notch on my avian knowledge. I use pass the skills, mistakes and experiences of my own, to educate the three young birder’s I currently mentor.
What’s next? I’m currently a Zoology Student at the University of Cumbria and over the next few years, I wish to develop and broaden my skill base in order to pass onto the next generation and to continue my work with the trust.