Transforming the modern Ornithologist

In celebration of United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women today we have an article from Niamh Bothwell, a recent graduate of Imperial College London.

Niamh talks about her experiences as a young female ornithologist. Despite many positives to being a birder, it’s not always easy being an ornithologist, especially if you are a woman, and a young woman at that. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the field, the hobby is largely dominated by white, older men. Despite the RSPB being created in 1891 by three women: Eliza Philips, Emily Williamson and Etta Lemon (who weren’t even allowed to vote in those days) the inadvertent sexism continued. 

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