Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Camp Avalon - The review and planning for 8/9/10 July 2016

Camp Avalon - A camp for young birders and inner city teenagers

Young Birder birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig filling bird feeders for Camp Avalon
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Wildlife sighted on Camp Avalon

As compiled by Thomas Weston - let me know if anything is missing

Young Birder birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig, Thomas Weston and Daniel Burrows, Camp Avalon
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


1. Mute swan
2. Greylag Goose
3. Canada Goose
4. Pochard
5. Tufted Duck
6. Mallard
7. Gadwall
8. Shoveler
9. Moorhen
10. Coot
11. Little Grebe
12. Great Crested Grebe
13. Cormorant
14. Grey Heron
15. Great White Egret
16. Little Egret
17. Bittern
18. Sparrowhawk
19. Kestrel
20. Buzzard
21. Marsh Harrier
22. Hobby
23. Black-tailed Godwit
24. Lapwing
25. Black-headed Gull
26. Herring Gull
27. Lesser Black-backed Gull
28. Common Tern
29. Wood Pigeon
30. Kingfisher
31. Nightjar
32. Cuckoo
33. Swift
34. Swallow
35. House Martin
36. Great Spotted Woodpecker
37. Pied Wagtail
38. Robin
39. Blackbird
40. Song Thrush
41. Dunnock
42. Great Tit 
43. Blue Tit
44. Long tailed Tit
45. Bearded Tit
46. Blackcap
47. Chiffchaff
48. Reed Warbler
49. Cetti’s Warbler
50. Whitethroat
51. Wren
52. Greenfinch
53. Chaffinch
54. Goldfinch
55. Magpie
56. Carrion Crow
57. Jackdaw
58. Starling
59. House sparrow
60. Linnet
61. Bull Finch
62. Reed Bunting

Other species

• Black-tailed Skimmer
• Four-spotted Chaser
• Emperor Dragonfly
• Blue-tailed Damselfly
• Common Blue Damselfly
• Small Tortoiseshell
• Red Admiral
• Speckled Wood
• Small White
• Large White
• Meadow Brown
• Common Blue
• Roe Deer
• Marsh Frog
• Hornet
• Tree Bee
• Badger

Camp Avalon - 8/9/10 July 2016

We learnt a lot from Camp Avalon 2015 that will make 2016 better and easier for the organisers.

Chris Craig, Young Birder birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig, Mike Bailey from CVRS, Camp Avalon
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

We realised that we need the following help:

Experienced people to put up and take down the tents;
Help ferrying inner city young people and a parent between Bristol and the camp site and then between sites;
Two people to cook and wash up;
People with experience of working with inner city/ethnic minority teenagers, as without that experience it was hard to fully engage them;
People to help throughout the sessions (hopefully a few NGB) and will need to ensure that they are CRB checked;

For 2016 we need to: 
Raise money to provide grants to lower income young people and to pay expenses to people who come to help;
Try and get donations of tents, sleeping bags, air mattresses and loans of cameras.

If you can help in any way, please get in touch campavalonuk@gmail.com.

About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig 

Mya-Rose Craig is a 12 year old young birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She is looking forward to going Mountain Gorilla Trekking in East Africa in the summer and watching Penguins in Antarctica in December 2015, which will be her 7th continent. She has recently been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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