A Zimbabwean, a Welshman and two South Africans walk into a bar….
Although what seems to be at first the start of a good dad joke, this passionate young team is anything but a joke. Comprised of a young, rustic looking Zimbabwean Safari guide, a Welsh gal who hand-rears wildfowl and preaches the conservation word, a high school ‘forwards’ rugby coach who likes to think of himself as a bird guide and the South African version of Goldilocks herself, except barefoot and with a remarkably good taste in khakis.
Assembled from all corners of the globe much like a birding version of the Avengers, the ‘Swarovski Optik World Youth Birders’ is a name which many of the Champions of the Flyway family associate with good banter, hardcore birding and a somewhat concerning addiction to both fresh pastries and falafels. The spirit of youth birding is at their core and embracing it comes purely as second nature, but striving to make a difference when it comes to the protection of our birds across the globe for future generations of young birders to enjoy equally as much as they do finds itself at the forefront of what they stand for and is what sets them apart from the rest of the flock.
Passionate, energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and driven (with a healthy pinch of crazy), this is a team with a wind under their primaries like none before them as they campaign for our birds the world over and strive to make as much a difference as humanly possible all whilst having a blast, sharing their young outlook on birding and gathering the support of youth birders (and those young at heart) the world over as they carry through the theme of ‘birds don’t have borders, so why should we?’ and hopefully by doing so showing the world that youthful drive and passion can make an almighty difference.