My name is Samuel Levy and I am a 19-year-old birder from North London. I am interested in pretty much anything that moves and have been from a young age, but my main interests are Birds, Butterflies, and Dragonflies. I am currently studying Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at Bournemouth University.
My interest in nature has always been with me from a very young age and in primary school when we had to pick a reading book from the library, I would always pick the largest A-Z of birds that I could find. I had always enjoyed looking through the pages at the pictures and dreaming of all these exotic birds. This interest was then sparked into a hobby by a visit to the countryside with my great aunt in 2008 which opened my eyes to the wildlife that lives out of the city.
One of my main aim now is trying to get other people into both nature and birdwatching, as well as trying to encourage others into spending time in nature especially those in cities. I have been doing this through some of my voluntary work with Heaths Hands, RSPB, BTO and the London Wildlife Trust.
In 2017 I was lucky enough to be able to attend the BTO Bird Camp which is funded by the Cameron Bespolka Trust and this helped me to not just gain some valuable confidence in myself as a birder, but also to make some amazing new friends which I am pleased to say that I am still in contact with to this day. The camp also helped to remind me that there are always other people out there that share your hobbies and passions and for this I am extremely grateful to the Cameron Bespolka Trust and BTO for running this event as without it I don’t think I would have chosen my current path.
Ever since the Bird Camp I have always wanted to give something back to the Trust and being made an ambassador is an absolute privilege. I hope that I will be able to work with the trust in order to inspire the next generation of young naturalists and Birders.