Becky Johnson

Becky Johnson – Trustee

As a self-professed bird nerd I was grateful to find Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory back in 2013 after a chance conversation with a colleague who mentioned that they had stayed at the Field Centre. I couldn’t believe I had such a gem of a nature reserve right on my doorstep!

I have been a volunteer for SBBO on my days off from Zookeeping ever since, first as part of the bird ringing team, becoming a Trustee shortly afterwards. My main responsibilities as a Trustee are keeping the SBBOT website ticking over and looking after the Observatory’s Facebook and Instagram pages. I’m also a member of the fundraising committee and more recently helped organise the online ZOOM winter programme of events. It always surprises me how few people know about the Obs locally, so engagement with our local community is one of the reasons I find my role as a Trustee so rewarding.

Coloured pencil drawing of a Kingfisher for a SBBOT fundraising art auction.
I had a lot of fun organising this event to raise funds for the Restharrow Scrape project.

I’ve always had an interest in animals as growing up my as mum seemed to attract injured wildlife and I have fond memories of crows running around the house before they were well enough to fly away again. I think this probably kicked off my love for birds. Since spending time at SBBO I’ve developed a passion for all aspects of Natural History, there’s just so much to discover there! I enjoy trying to take photos and videos of wildlife with my phone, which I also use through my telescope, and often find my self drawn to Restharrow Scrape in particular. As well as digi-scoping I also enjoy drawing the wildlife and nature that I see. I often upload my work to my Instagram page @Becky_Birds_.

I really wish I had found the Observatory when I was a lot younger and I think all of the more recent outreach work is fantastic. The Observatory really is a special place to learn, meet like-minded people and just to enjoy what nature has to offer.

A magical evening spent watching Garganey displaying on Restharrow Scrape @Becky_Birds_
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