The Birdwatch-BirdGuides Roadrunners

Birdwatch is Britain’s premier monthly magazine for keen birders, and BirdGuides.com is the country’s leading bird news website. Working closely together, these two leading brands cover headline news from the world of birds and birding, and report the latest sightings from Britain, Ireland and around the Western Palearctic seven days a week, 365 days a year. Birdwatch and BirdGuides also publish a huge range of birding content and information online and in print, from identification articles and where-to-watch guides to in-depth features on conservation and migration.

These last two themes come together in the Champions of the Flyways event, which the Birdwatch-Birdguides team has been proud to support from day one. Our Roadrunners team has a great record for fundraising over the years, and is very excited to be working hard for Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Turkey) in 2017. Featuring two COTF newbies and an old pro, this year’s team are raring to go and have set themselves a target of £3000 to help combat the illegal killing of migratory birds. If you’d like to help them achieve their aim, please click our ‘Donate Here’ button and consider making a donation. Thank you!

You can follow the Roadrunners and their journey via their Twitter feeds :

Mike is at https://twitter.com/bonxie

Mark is at https://twitter.com/Fileybirder (also see Mark’s Facebook page)

Dawn is at https://twitter.com/DEBALMER  (also see Dawn’s Facebook page)

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Mike Alibone

Mike Alibone

A veteran of the Champions of the Flyway event and this year’s team captain, Mike Alibone’s passion for birding began at the age of six, when a fascination for birds in his garden rapidly progressed to local field trips around his home county of Northamptonshire, in which he still lives and is now County Bird Recorder. The pilgrimage to Norfolk was duly made in 1969 and having quickly developed an interest in migration, he spent much of his free time birding in the county in the 1970s and 1980s. While studying for a degree in Ecology he made numerous trips to the four corners of the Western Palearctic, including the first of many visits to Israel as long ago as spring 1978. Mike is Birdwatch’s Optics Editor and chief reviewer; he is also an experienced logistician and the team is relying on him to help make the most efficient use of the time and resources available for this challenge.

Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Hailing from his beloved Yorkshire coast, Mark James Pearson is a field ornithologist, writer, guide and speaker who counts himself lucky to have birded across several continents and to have been involved with many diverse projects spreading the birding gospel far and wide. Long-term obsessive patch birding has seen him go effectively AWOL for worryingly extended periods, most recently at Filey Bird Observatory, North Yorkshire. Mark regularly writes for the birding media, particularly for Birdwatch magazine and BirdGuides.com in recent years, and is proud to be a new addition to the ranks of the Roadrunners team in 2017.

Dawn Balmer

Dawn Balmer

Dawn Balmer grew up in Shropshire and has been interested in birds from a young age, starting her first notebooks at the age of six. She did a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science at Plymouth and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the South-West, plus a bit of twitching further afield. Dawn now lives in the Brecks in Norfolk, and is a keen birder and ringer. She has worked for the BTO since 1992 on a wide range of census, fieldwork, ringing and online bird recording projects. She was the Atlas Co-ordinator for the Bird Atlas 2007–11 project and is now Head of Surveys. Dawn also represents the BTO on the Rare Breeding Birds Panel. In her spare time, she sits on the British Ornithologists’ Union’s Records Committee and is a Trustee of the Eric Hosking Charitable Trust. She is interested in the birds of the Middle East, is a long-standing member of OSME and served on OSME Council from 2001 to 2006, and regularly contributed toSandgrouse until 2015. She has previously visited Israel, Bahrain, Cyprus and Oman, and looks forward to experiencing the excitement of Middle East birding again and supporting such an important cause.