The Spokes Folks

Slide1A Green Birding Team from the United Kingdom, comprising four members, all keen cyclists and birders; Gary Prescott, Erin Taylor, George Gay and Samuel Perfect.

Green Birding is where one tries to bird without the use of fossil fuels. From the beginnings in Quebec, Canada, the BIGBY birding movement has grown as birders try to lessen the impact of their passion on the environment. BIGBY, the Big Green Birding Year has become part of the birding calendar in many countries and The SpokesFolks contains a very experienced Green Birder, the British and European BIGBY champion and three young birders; the people who will be most affected by anthropomorphic climate change.

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Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor is twenty three years old and originally from Gloucester, UK. Erin is a very keen bird ringer and her passion derives from her love of European Storm Petrels, Hydrobates pelagicus. In fact her ability to call like one is awesome! Erin came out of Bristol University with a First Class Masters Degree in Zoology.

Following in the footsteps of her bird ringing father, who played a huge part of her ringing progression. Erin arrived on the island of North Ronaldsay, Orkney, UK in July 2016 after having spent the previous year on Skokholm, Pembrokeshire, Wales, where she headed up the Storm Petrel project and helped with the Manx Shearwater, Puffinus puffinus work. Erin played an integral part in the ringing programme on North Ronaldsay last Autumn and was rewarded when she and her Father managed to trap and ring a Hoopoe. Erin is a very competent field birder as well, boasting a good variety of scarce and rare finds.

Gary Prescott

Gary Prescott

Gary Prescott is arguably the most famous European Green Birder. From Birmingham, United Kingdom, sixty year old Gary is known as The Biking Birder. Gary holds both the British and European Green Birding Year list records. In 2016 Gary cycled 11,000 kilometres around the UK, seeing 318 different bird species. This was Gary’s third year of full-time cycling-birding. In 2010 Gary cycled to every RSPB (Royal Society of the Protection of Birds) and WWT (Wildfowl & Wetland Trust) nature reserve. He did this again in 2015 and beat the British Green Year List record, seeing 289 different bird species during that Big Year. Gary raised money for charity during these epic adventures; for the RSPB and WWT of course but also, as Gary has serious asthma, for Asthma UK. Gary has worked and has links with The Manu National Park in Peru and supports a children’s charity there called Chaskawasi-Manu.

Samuel Perfect

Samuel Perfect

If you have been to North Ronaldsay, a small island in The Orkneys, Scotland, in the last couple of years you will have met Samuel Perfect. If not here is a bit about him. Samuel, a twenty-four year old from Hertfordshire, UK, graduated with a BSc Degree from Exeter University in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. Samuel is an extremely talented birder with massive enthusiasm and an incredible encyclopaedic memory for birds. Samuel spent time on Skokholm, Pembrokeshire in Wales as a long term Residential Volunteer earlier in 2016, in between stints at North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory as a Residential Volunteer, doing fantastic census work in the field, where he regularly found rare and scarce migrants.

His best find to date was a stunning Red-flanked Bluetail, Tarsiger cyanurus last Autumn. The Folkspokes Team are hoping Samuel will find us some goodies while in Israel.

George Gay

George Gay

George Gay is twenty two year old, very talented and dedicated birder, originally from Somerset, UK. His main birding experience comes from working at the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory. George has spent two seasons as a Voluntary Assistant Warden, George has been able to find his fair share of good birds just like Samuel; his best achievement being the finding of a Northern Harrier this Autumn. George is also a keen photographer and has had pictures published in various local and national birding magazines and is currently compiling NRBO’s 2016 Bird Report. His other passion is football and he is unfortunate enough to be a Bristol City fan, poor lad. Next year will see George head into the ecology world working for Taylor Wildlife in Perthshire, Scotland but he will probably find his way back to his favourite place, North Ronaldsay, before long!

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory