Simon Tonkin

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Simon was raised in Plymouth and his early birding habitats were rubbish tips, sewage outfalls and fish factories. It all started when, at nine years old, his enthralment with the natural world led him to sneak out with his father's massive binoculars at first light, returning home many hours after dark covered in estuarine mud and other indescribable detritus, to face the music! Fulfilling a boyhood dream, Simon worked for the RSPB full-time for fifteen years; the first projects he was involved in were to protect breeding Hen Harriers and Bee-eaters in the North of England. Simon has lectured in ornithology, specialising in a variety of subjects including bird ethology, migration and bird populations. He has worked in farmland bird conservation for the most of his RSPB career and recently worked at the RSPB's headquarters in Sandy. Simon has conducted research on Corn Bunting crop nest site selection and on the seed palatability of farmland granivores. He also co-launched Operation Turtle Dove, co-ordinating efforts in the UK and internationally to save the species from extirpation. Simon has worked as the Conservation Manager for Conservation Grade, working on ground-breaking and exciting conservation projects in Spain, Portugal, Central America, Morocco, Senegal and the Gambia and is widely travelled in these countries, being particularly familiar with their avifauna, lepidoptera and mammalian species. Simon now lives in the epi-centre of migration in Southern Spain, near Tarifa, working on a variety of conservation projects, and tour leading throughout the year for Naturetrek. 


Upcoming tours with Simon Tonkin ...

Go Slow ... in Southern Spain: 13th – 20th May 2020

Butterflies & Moths of Andalucia: 15th – 19th June 2020

A Swift Weekend in Andalucia: 10th – 13th June 2020

Tarifa & Gibraltar: Whales, Dolphins & Autumn Migration: 9th – 13th September 2020

Tarifa & Gibraltar: Whales, Dolphins & Autumn Migration: 13th – 17th September 2020

Go Slow ... in Andalucia: 18th – 24th September 2020

Go Slow ... in Andalucia: 24th – 30th September 2020

Spain & Morocco: Birding on Two Continents!: 1st – 8th October 2020

Spain – Ronda & the Strait of Gibraltar: 3rd – 9th November 2020

Spain – Extremadura in Winter: 10th – 16th November 2020

Spain – Extremadura at Christmas: 22nd – 28th December 2020

Upcoming tours with Simon Tonkin...