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    SOC/BTO Scotland Youth Events Programme: Writing about nature



23 February 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.

| Talks | Discussion | Q&A |

With a truly exciting and acclaimed panel, our writing about nature workshop is a can't-miss event for any aspiring young writers. Join award-winning 17-year old author Dara McAnulty*, acclaimed wildlife storyteller Lucy McRobert and BTO Media Manager Paul Stancliffe to hone your writing skills so you can create excellent and engaging pieces of work about nature. Our panel will also talk you through how to pursue a career in the field, how they got in to it, and offer their top tips and advice. 

* Attendance to be confirmed


Your panel:

Dara McAnulty, Writer

Lucy McRobert, Wildlife storyteller

Lucy McRobert, Wildlife storyteller

Lucy McRobert is a wildlife storyteller and writer. Her first book, 365 Days Wild (William Collins, 2019) offers 365 ways to make nature part of your life every day. She has been a columnist for Birdwatch magazine for six years and has written for BBC Wildlife, Birdwatching, The I News and Seasons (Elliott & Thompson, 2016). In 2015 she was placed 38th on BBC Wildlife’s first wildlife power list. She has worked for wildlife organisations since she was 20 years old and is now freelance, specialising in natural history, travel and tourism. She is a qualified BDMLR marine mammal medic. Passionate about encouraging the next generation of nature conservationists, she co-founded the youth nature network, A Focus on Nature (AFON) in 2012. She loves to watch wildlife with her husband and two-year-old daughter, particularly birds, whales and dolphins off the Isles of Scilly and the Scottish coast. Lucy has a large online following through social media, reaching out to diverse communities, families and existing wildlife experts. She is regularly invited to take part in discussions, panels and talks around the UK, advocating for a natural health service, championing young people in nature and adding a different perspective to traditional and contemporary nature conservation topics.
Paul Stancliffe, Media Manager, BTO

Paul Stancliffe, Media Manager, BTO

Paul joined the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) in 2006, working in the Garden BirdWatch team and part-time in press and promotions. Prior to joining the Charity, his career was in electrical engineering, but Paul's passion was, and still is, watching birds and writing about them. Working for the BTO allows Paul to indulge in his love of writing, and talking, about birds and he regularly write articles for its membership magazine, BTO News and for Bird Table, the publication for Garden BirdWatchers. Paul also pens the monthly migration blog and is responsible for writing a variety of press releases and articles to promote the science that the organisation does so well. He has written for Walk, the magazine for Ramblers, various county magazines and has advised on two bird books for children. Paul's main interests in ornithology are migration and bird identification and he has authored two identification guides, the Collins Guide to British Birds and the Collins Guide to Rare British Birds. He is currently writing his third identification guide with them.

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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.