Toby is a 19-year-old naturalist raised in Leicestershire and Rutland and now studying Environmental Conservation at Bangor, North Wales as a first degree. His passion for the natural world is growing day by day, checking out the wildlife on his adopted doorstep but his main love is birding whilst dabbling into other taxa such as moths and butterflies.
Toby has volunteered with citizen-science projects such as Nest Record Scheme, BirdTrack and WeBS and is also a trainee ringer.
He is very keen on encouraging the next generation of birders, helping with the jointly-run BTO and Cameron Bespolka Trust’s Young Birders Camp, running multiple activities for people aged 13-18, from Nightjar ringing, learning to use nocturnal migration equipment and guided walks around RSPB Lakenheath. In October 2017 his work was honoured with the BTO’s prestigious Marsh Award for Young Ornithologist of the Year, presented at the Mall Gallery in London after a frantic dash back from the Scillies.
“Being given the opportunity to participate in the Champions of the Flyway event is a huge privilege and I shall make the most of every minute, from gaining knowledge about the birds of Israel to meeting new people”.