I’m a conservationist and wildlife writer from Hillingdon, Northwest London. I love all aspects of nature, but in particular, Ornithology, and advocating for London's vast patchwork of green and blue spaces. I have been birding since I was eight, and I love to encourage people of all ages to explore the vast amount of biodiversity the capital has to offer, through blogging, writing, public speaking and social media.
Six years ago, looking at feral pigeons in the garden through an ancient pair of binoculars, I wondered what life lay beyond my window. Soon after, I got a field guide and camera, and started to explore the local area, the sleepy suburb of Hillingdon, north London.This lead me to stumble upon what is now my patch: a vast area of woodland, home to foxes, badgers, flycatchers and massive numbers of wildfowl in winter. I was amazed by how biodiverse my area was, and I started to explore the rest of the capital’s habitats, home to an equally superb variety of species.
Attending the Cameron Bespolka Trust’s 2018 Bird Camp changed me as a person: I felt like I was part of a community. I met like-minded young naturalists, developed interests in Lepidoptera and Odonata, and was inspired by the efforts of everyone who attended to make a difference for others to enjoy nature. This motivated me to create a wildlife society in school, which is running successfully, and is joining forces with internal initiatives to rewild the school environment. Since Bird Camp, I’ve also been trying to make people realise that cities are not just massive areas of noise, pollution and concrete, but urban oases which hold the potential for people and nature to thrive together, and I’ve done this through a map I’ve created of London’s wildlife sites and nature reserves. I have also been given the opportunity to do a number of talks around London, to share my passion for the urban jungle. In 2019 I received the BTO Marsh Award for Young Ornithologist, and in 2020 I was named one of the Big Issue's Top 100 Changemakers of 2020. I was also honoured to receive a Prime Minister's Points of Light Award for services to advocating for conservation in London.'
I am very proud to be an Ambassador for the Cameron Bespolka Trust: I hope to make sure that young nature enthusiasts can enjoy their hobby without experiencing pressure from others, and that if they live in cities, they can learn to appreciate the wildlife that they have right on their doorstep. Through the word of the Trust and their variety of fantastic initiatives, I am sure that many more connections between young people and nature, will be made, especially in our cities.
A couple of hours after a biology exam at school, I found myself stepping out of a black cab onto a clamorous Whitehall. The frustrated beeping of horns was audible in every direction, with traffic coming to a standstill as a Tube strike forced all commuters onto the roads.
Between ornate Georgian facades and war memorials, crowds of protesters thronged the pavement outside the black gate to Downing Street. That evening, a confidence vote would be held in Boris Johnson's leadership. Tensions …
Category: Young Ambassadors
In September, I was lucky enough to elected as a member of the RSPB Youth Council, then called the Phoenix Forum. This is a group of ten young people from the RSPB who give a voice to the organisation’s youth membership.
It took two hours to drive to the New Forest, where the annual residential trip would be held, specifically at the organisation’s latest nature reserve, RSPB Franchises Lodge.When I arrived, I met Hannah Thomas, who’d led Zoom video conferences with young …
Category: Cameron's Cottage
This post is about the week London was declared the world's first ever National Park City, a designation encouraging cities to become greener, healthier and wilder.
22nd July 2019I had just returned from a short trip to Hungary the day before, and couldn't wait for this exciting, historical week. I had only been a part of the London National Park City campaign for under a year, and I had been invited to speak at the Summit at City Hall, where London would gain its new designation. When I …
Here is a post about another excellent BTO Bird Camp, sponsored by the Cameron Bespolka Trust.
On Friday, my mum picked me up from school, and it was a two hour drive from London to the Nunnery, the BTO’s headquarters in Thetford, Norfolk. When I arrived, it was great to meet friends I’d made on the previous Camp, as well as new ones, and shared a tent with Michael Sinclair, Wilum Johnston, Sam Newcombe, Rowan Wakefield, Alex Liddle and Calum Mckellar. This year, the Camp was run …
Delighted to share this fascinating insight into Nature reserves in London compiled and researched by Kabir Kaul, 14.
I'm based in and obsessed with London. When I first started watching wildlife in the capital nearly three years ago, I wondered which nature reserves I should visit, and thought there might be a map of them.
It turns out there was, but only of those run by certain organisations. It seemed adults were only witnessing the work of their own organisations, and not looking at all …
Young birder, Kabir Kaul, reports on his invitation to a fabulous reception entitled ‘An Agenda for Change’ hosted by Andy Clements and British Trust for Ornithology at House of Lords
"Earlier this year, my dad and I had been invited to attend a Parliamentary reception at the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Young of Old Scone, with the British Trust for Ornithology, an organisation which I have been part of for just under a year, and have participated in a few of their …