LONDON, 25TH MAY 2023 — Leica Sport Optics is proud to be supporting Mya Bambrick’s 21 Wildlife Walks campaign, where the young conservationist will be embarking on 21 wildlife walks across the UK before she turns 21.
21 Wildlife Walks
Mya will start on the 1st of June and will finish on the 23rd September, the date of her 21st Birthday. The overall aim of 21 Wildlife Walks is to raise awareness of the biodiversity crisis and spotlight the species under threat in the UK.
21 Wildlife Walks will include walks at Walthamstow Wetlands with David Lindo, a Curlew Walk with Mary Colwell, a visit to Rye Harbour with naturalist Sussex Sara, RSPB Franchises Lodge with fellow young birder, Samuel Levy. Mya will also be making appearances at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Migration Festival at Spurn Bird Observatory and at BTO Bird Camp in Pembrokeshire. Finishing off with a collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust on her birthday, for the final walk.
The Fundraising Element
Mya is a BTO Youth representative and ambassador for BTO’s Garden Birdwatch Survey, and so throughout the project Mya aims to raise £2100 to be split between BTO’s Youth Programme and BTO’s research.
BTO Youth Programme
Mya has been involved with BTO since she was 13, so they are a very important organisation for her. BTO Youth Programme engages and opens up opportunities for young people to connect with nature and be involved in ornithology. Through their team of Youth Representatives and Youth Advisory Panel Members, they set up events across the UK for under 25s, increasing accessibility of nature and birds to all. Their events include bird walks, online workshops, guest speakers, craft events and urban birding.
BTO is the UK’s leading bird research charity. Its work is supported by tens of thousands of volunteer birdwatchers who contribute to BTO surveys, collecting information that underpins conservation across the UK and beyond. Recent focuses of BTO work include tracking ‘headstarted’ Curlews in lowland England, understanding the impact of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on the UK’s internationally important seabird populations, and developing Artificial-Intelligence-based surveying techniques for birds, invertebrates and small mammals. Find out more at www.bto.org.
You can donate to 21 Wildlife Walks here.