Since we had Sam Viles, A Next Generation Birder, and Lucy McRobert, A Focus on Nature, speak at our AGM in 2014 to give us a perspective of young people and their interest in birding and nature, the committee has been trying to think of ways to support young birders. We would, therefore, like to offer the opportunity of funding towards training or attending an event to help improve skills. Examples of the type of training/event we consider as eligible for funding includes:
. Attendance on a taught training course
. A visit/stay at a bird observatory
. Volunteering to help with bird surveying or conservation work
. Attending a bird conference
These are examples and others can be considered. We have decided to set an overall budget of £200 for the first year. So, depending on interest, it could be that there is a contribution by Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers towards the cost, which can include travel.
Eligible members interested in applying for funding should do so by emailing the Chairman, Nick Crouch, with details. The criteria for eligibility are:
. Applicant is 21 or under
. Applicant is a current member of Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers
. Details of cost will be provided
. Upon completion of the course/event, a short article will be written for publication in the newsletter.
When applying, please allow adequate time before the training event for a decision to be made by the committee.
If you would like to discuss a potential event for funding before applying please do contact Nick Crouch
Also, if you are a young birder and have suggestions of what we can do to help further please do let us know.