Richard Baatsen is the county bird recorder for Gloucestershire, responsible for receiving, collating and verifying all bird records for the county. The role also involves liaising with the relevant national bodies about records of rarities or rare breeding birds. Richard is an environmental biologist who describes himself as ‘a birder who twitches’; in fact he has one of the longest UK bird lists around. He just loves receiving full, accurate bird records!
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Mervyn Greening is a lifelong naturalist with particular interests in birds mammals and orchids. He holds a BTO ringing licence and schedule 1 licence for barn owls, is a ringing trainer and compulsive nest finder and recorder. Mervyn normally works in the area West of Gloucester, but travels all over Gloucestershire to monitor barn owls.
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Rich Harris has a life long interest in the conservation of Birds of Prey. Prior to moving to Gloucestershire, Richard helped to co-ordinate a Barn Owl project in North East Somerset with Cam Valley Wildlife Group. One outcome, via their efforts was a dramatic increase in breeding pairs of Barn Owls. Richard’s main areas of involvement include contact with and education of farmers/landowners, monitoring/recording, delivering talks to the public, fundraising and rallying volunteers to box building workshops.
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Gordon Kirk is the voluntary regional representative for the British Trust for Ornithology in Gloucestershire, and as such he chairs the Gloucestershire Ornithological Co-ordinating Committee, which brings together people from all the bird clubs and other wildlife organisations in the county. He was the county organiser for the recent BTO national bird atlas and is the co-author (with John Phillips) of “The Birds of Gloucestershire”, published in 2013.
Andy Lewis is Chairman of the North Cotswold Ornithological Society, a local surveying and recording group. He is currently organising a general winter bird survey with volunteers covering the whole county.
Ben Locke is a freelance natural history filmmaker and wildlife photographer with a broad interest in all British fauna, not least in the Forest of Dean where he lives. Ben is responsible for this website, and the collation of records submitted to GRMG & GBOMP. Somewhat obsessed with Scottish Wildcats.
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