The tale of the Bespolka Zeiss Shrikes started off like everything does, as an idea. Under the wing of Mark Pearson (Captain of the 2018 Guardians Of The Flyway), Elliot brought together the first youth team (well, Robin isn’t that old…) to come out of the UK since 2016. The Bespolka Zeiss Shrikes – with the gracious support of Zeiss – came together to demonstrate that the unity of youth can achieve anything, and that anyone with a love of nature and wanting to make a change to the world can put their differences aside to save Steppe Eagles – being the change they wish to see in the world.
In the UK, we’re all too aware of the fact that all it takes for the rise of evil is for good men to not nothing; without the RSPB and BTO many raptors such as White-tailed Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier and Western Osprey would probably remain extirpated in the UK to this day. Not every country has an RSPB or BTO, and this is where as a community, we need to share our knowledge and skills, looking after one another. This year, we hope to fulfil that desire and rally as much support as possible to Birdlife International and conserve the remaining Steppe Eagle population in its core breeding grounds of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.