18/04/23 Talk: Birdgirl

The RSPB Bristol Local Group are excited to bring you a talk from conservation campaigner, diversity activist and RSPB ambassador Mya-Rose Craig, as she reflects on the themes of her recent memoir Birdgirl.

20-year-old British-Bangladeshi Mya-Rose Craig, also known as Birdgirl, is currently studying Politics and Anthropology at St John’s College, Cambridge University. Aged just 13, Maya-Rose set up the charity Black2Nature, campaigning for equal access to nature for all with an emphasis on Visible Minority Ethnic communities, whilst working to make the nature conservation and environmental sectors ethnically diverse. Aged 16, she became one of the youngest people to receive a bird ringing license, whilst at age 17, she became the youngest British person to receive an honorary doctorate (Science, University of Bristol), having previously become the youngest person to have recorded sightings of half the world’s bird species. In 2020, she embarked upon the most northerly Youth Climate Strike, in the Arctic, on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. She has written three books, shared stages with Greta Thunberg and Chris Packham, and alongside her ambassadorial duties for the RSPB serves as an ambassador for Greenpeace and The Wildlife Trusts.

Maya-Rose will be talking to us about her award nominated memoir Birdgirl, discussing birding around the world with her parents, the many fantastic birds seen, and how birding has helped the family cope with her mother’s mental illness. Against this backdrop, Maya-Rose will describe how her experiences have shaped her journey into activism, as well as how the experiences of witnessing biodiversity loss first-hand have impacted her love of birds.

This talk will be taking place in the Coutts lecture theatre, room 3:31 on the third floor of the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building, starting at 7pm. At the end of the talk, Mya-Rose will be answering questions and signing books.

Tickets are available here on a pay-what-you-want basis, with a suggested donation of £5. Donations go directly to the RSPB Bristol Local Group, helping us to put on further events in the future.

Please bring your own water, as food and hot drinks are not allowed in the lecture theatre.

Please also note this talk will be filmed for live streaming. To sign up and receive a link to watch online, head here.