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    SOC/BTO Scotland Youth Events Programme: Bird songs and calls



30 March 2022


Free event


7.30pm, 'doors open' from 7.15pm



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Events for young people in Scotland

The SOC and BTO Scotland are excited to launch a new series of free, monthly events for people under 30.

Delivered on Zoom, attendees will enjoy a diverse programme of interactive online workshops and talks from some of Scotland’s top ornithologists, naturalists and creatives.

Bird songs and calls

| Interactive workshop |

This engaging and interactive online event will help you to learn some of the more common bird songs and calls. It will be a great introduction to the topic and will provide a framework on which to further develop your skills. Led by BTO Scotland’s Development and Engagement Officer Steve Willis and Manager of Development and Engagement Ben Darvill, the workshop is guaranteed to be memorable. You’ll be entertained and improve your knowledge in equal measure! 



Your panel:

Ben Darvill, Head of Development and Engagement Officer, BTO Scotland

Ben Darvill, Head of Development and Engagement Officer, BTO Scotland

Born to naturalist parents, Ben’s childhood was spent knee deep in ponds catching newts and making camps in the woods. A degree in Zoology was followed by a PhD. Ben worked as a scientist for a few years before co-founding the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, which he ran for several years. As a lifelong 'birder' the chance to join BTO proved too great to resist and Ben joined them in 2012, leading on various aspects of public engagement work in Scotland. You can ask him anything you like about the birds and the bees...! Outside of work, Ben is a keen rock climber and all-round naturalist, with a particular interest in monitoring breeding birds of prey - a hobby in which he can combine tree-climbing, abseiling and natural history. He covers a 14 square kilometer raptor monitoring 'patch' near Bridge of Allan monitoring Buzzards, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, Short-eared Owls, Barn Owls, Ravens, Kites, Peregrines and more! Thankfully the days in summer are long and the nights are short!
Steve Willis, Development and Engagement Officer, BTO Scotland

Steve Willis, Development and Engagement Officer, BTO Scotland

Steve started his career in conservation as a Countryside Ranger and worked at various places across Scotland. He then did some freelance guiding for walking and wildlife tour companies, interspersed with work on conservation projects on Water Voles and Red Squirrels in the northeast. This led to him joining Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels where he worked for nearly five years. Steve has also worked for the RSPB and for the Trossachs Water Vole Project. Steve joined the BTO Scotland team in March 2020. Away from work, Steve is an active member of the Scottish Raptor Study Group focussing on Golden Eagle, Merlin and Barn Owl. When he's not birding, Steve enjoys a bit of canoeing, cycling, skiing, wood turning and homebrewing, although not all at the same time!



SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.