My name is Mya Bambrick and I am a 17 year old birder, wildlife photographer and trainee bird ringer. I've had a real passion for the natural world, especially birds, since the age of eight.
For the last five years I've written my own blog, documenting my experiences with nature alongside photographs that I have taken. Since 2015, I have been a trainee bird ringer, and I'm currently ringing at Cissbury Ring, in Findon. It’s a real privilege to see our amazing bird life up-close and be a part of recording important information which helps us understand their populations and migratory routes among many other things. Wildlife photography is another interest of mine and has been ever since I received a camera for my 9th birthday. It allows you to appreciate further how wonderful and precious nature is and capture moments that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Recently I've become an ambassador for Pocket Pals which is an app that aims to get children interested in nature through technology. Also, I'm now a council member for the Sussex Ornithological Society and my aim is to encourage young people to become interested in birds and nature. Currently I'm in my first year of A-levels and after that I'm planning on going to university to study wildlife conservation and ecology. In the future, I hope to become an ornithologist or wildlife conservationist.
I have attended the Cameron Bespolka Trust's BTO birdcamp in Thetford, Norfolk twice and had an amazing time. It was brilliant to be able to meet like-minded people, see some great birds and carry out surveys such as bird ringing and nest recording. I am delighted to have been chosen to become a young ambassador for the Cameron Bespolka Trust as I would love to inspire others to become passionate about wildlife and the environment, so it is well conserved for the future. I can't wait to be able to support all the amazing work the Cameron Bespolka Trust are already doing to inspire the next generation.
More recently, I have been producing vlogs on many wildlife topics including identifying bee species, #30dayswild, the Big Butterfly count, and citizen science surveys which I have been sharing on social media. I have also begun creating a wildlife garden at my school, which hopefully will include pollinator beds, a log pile, bug hotel, bird feeding station, and a herb garden. Check out my twitter @myabambrick1 for updates on the progress of this project.
I must admit I have neglected blogging over the last year or so. To be honest I lost the motivation to write as well as suffering with some health issues and not doing a lot of birding! However, I would like to update you on what I’ve been up to and bring this blog back to life once again.
Last September I started my first year of a-levels – I took biology, geography, chemistry and an EPQ (on red-listed birds and their decline). At the start they were quite daunting (and still are!) …
As I sat in my garden, surrounded with birdsong, I thought to myself how I’d like to be able to hear the birds singing their beautiful melodies clearly every day, without their songs being dampened by constant traffic. What if the air was cleaner and less polluted without this tragedy? What if more people could discover the value of nature and how it can relive stress and help one relax?
Lockdown has been tough for all of us. It’s not only been strange, but it has been a time for …