Taking A Step Back


2019 has been my most quiet year birding and wildlife watching ever. I’ve been doing a lot of conservation work though, most of which is in my local area. I don’t tend to talk about the work I do as much as I should. With help from multiple people I have totalled up the number of hours of volunteering I have done this year at Linn Park alone and it’s come to a few hundred hours. This includes; Tree planting, wildflower planting, manning stalls at events, Nest recording, box building, path maintenance, educational demonstrations for all ages and so much more.  

My main reason for not going and doing as much birding as I used to is because I’m a teenager and I’ve wanted to spend these last few years with my friends before a lot of us move on and I just want to make a difference instead of twitching birds all over the UK and to reduce my carbon footprint drastically. All my work has now led me onto the conservation side of things and protecting the planet we live on and just to enjoy life rather than trying to see as many birds as I can in a year. I have loads of projects lined up for 2020, all of which are aimed at encouraging more young people to get involved with the natural world and to care about it. The projects have been thought through to have a lasting effect rather than a one off experience.


I would like to thank all that have got me to where I am today and for the constant support I have received. There are too many people I need to thank so I won’t put a list up. It’s honestly been an amazing journey. I’ve learnt so much and my got so much experience from meeting people, volunteering and learning from my mistakes.

The Future

With exams and other school work I will have to take a bit of a step back from what I have currently been doing. I will continue to do a bit of birding and wildlife watching but will be focused on getting more people involved with nature and campaigning for the climate. The bird and bat boxes alone have raised over £2000 for charity and conservation related things and have taken a lot of time. I’m getting older and so will need to be thinking about making some sort of income and therefore I will eventually be setting up a shop on here selling photo prints and nest boxes etc to make a bit of income for myself. I will of course still be doing plenty of charity work and making a difference!  I will of course still be looking at social media and my website so don’t hesitate to contact me about any ideas or questions and I will be continuing with my ambassador roles for The Cameron Bespolka Trust and Scotland: The Big Picture.

Thank you


Author: Michael Sinclair

My name is Michael Sinclair and I’m a young naturalist from Glasgow although I can be seen all over the place doing crazy things.

6 thoughts

  1. Excellent blog and a nice account of your year. Keep going young man; look forward to following your inspiring work in 2020!

  2. You’re an inspiring young figure in the conservation scene Mike, and I know you will go on to continue your amazing work. It’s amazing to see what you’ve managed this year, and your shift in focus towards engaging the next generation and protecting the planet is a decision I’m glad you’ve made. Keep it up and I look forward to following your upcoming projects. Happy Christmas!

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