My name is Stewart Abbott.
I have been watching birds for as long as I can remember, it's always been a part of my life.
I enjoy every aspect of being outdoors and immersed in nature.
For me it's not about what you see, I've been watching wildlife long enough to know how unpredictable it can be, it's about the whole experience. The sights, the sounds & the smell.
I'm a BTO bird ringer
I have been ringing birds as part of the BTO's ringing scheme for over 10 years.
Not only does it produce valuable data for science but it gives me a further insight into the life of birds.
I monitor & ring young birds in over 100 nest boxes every year including Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Sand Martin, Pied Flycatcher & birds of prey such as Barn Owl, Tawny Owl & Kestrel.
I am part of a small group that build & install Barn Owl Boxes (BOB) all around Derbyshire.
We raise money through local events to pay for this scheme & so far have put up over 20 boxes & many have had nesting success.
I volunteer with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust & the BTO.
I carry out survey work & practical conservation.