Since 1993, the following people have been awarded bursaries:(click on a name for more information)
Gerard Goreman - Birds and Political Change in Eastern Europe
The first award by the Eric Hosking Trust in 1994 was used to write a series of articles for newspapers and magazines to highlight the problems for nature conservation which have arisen since and because of the end of the cold war
Pat McPherson Short Stories About Birds for Young People
To write a series of short stories about birds for younger children, 5 – 8 years, then to liaise with local school and libraries, where these stories can be read to small groups
Frances Right - Nonsuch Nature Walk
The production of a nature walk leaflet
including, writing and illustrating, for the
Nonsuch Park, Cheam in Surrey
Jade Gibson - Loru Environment Education Centre
To produce an illustrated leaflet and signed
nature trail for the Loru Environment Centre,
Vanuatu, South West Pacific
Lake District National Park - Paint day for
A themed event day at the Brockhole, the Lake
District National Park visitor centre, where
children will be invited to help an artist
build a nature sculpture
Mark Bolton - Ageing of Storm Petrels
To use photography to record wing and body
plumage to help develop a reliable way of
ageing storm petrels
Miss Farkasovska - Daphne Morava River Flood
To put together illustrative materials to be
used in lectures for classes in secondary
schools in Slovakia about the Morava river
floodplain area and wetland importance and
Nigel Hughes - Painting of Endangered Species
To produce large oil painting of all 33
species of curassow and guan, all from
BNA Blake Shield Millenium Youth Award
A one off millennium award to be given
through the British Naturalists’ Association,
which Eric used to be a vice president, to a
young person for their illustrative
observations of nature
Stephen Browne - Turtle Dove Project
To look into the decline of the Turtle Dove
population in the UK by researching one of
there wintering migration habitats in West
Africa, Ginak Island, in the Gambia
Trace Williams - Bali Starling Research
Part of an MSc on the Bali Starling the money
was used towards video monitoring equipment
on nesting boxes used by these birds at
Mark Bolton - Madeiran Storm Petrel
The use of remote cameras to monitor nest
attendance of storm petrel’s in the Azores
Juan Brown - Manx Shearwater research project
To give a paper
on the Manx Shearwater from observations made
on Skomer Island to a conference in Madeira,
of biologists and site managers from all over
Sue Warrell - Breeding Sand Martins in
An assessment of
breeding sand martins in Lancashire: their
distribution and numbers, and threats to
their conservation, the money was used for
writing up a detail report together with
drawing maps and other illustrative
Stephen Votier - Warblers of the Western
To produce a
comprehensive guide to all of the Sylviidae
recorded in the Western Palearctic, including
detailed notes on identification, ageing and
sexing for use in the field
David Chandler - RSPB Phoenix Young
The money was
used to part fund a three stage course for
teenage members to help develop their
techniques of bird and wildlife observation
and conservation skills
Colin Antwis - Finger Point Paintings
successful award went towards the cost of
producing 30 bird portraits that could be
understood by touch as well as sight. The
subsequence exhibitions have been enjoyed by
many site impaired people as well as those of
us with normal vision
Greg Conway - Wintering Warblers
To write a
report on the size and distribution of
warbler populations wintering in the UK,
which has greatly increased over the past 50
years: coinciding with a period of rapid
Stoycho Stoychev Eastern Imperial Eagles
With only 20
pairs of the Eastern Imperial Eagle left in
Bulgaria, the bursary was used to photograph
the eagles and fund an educational poster
campaign among local people.
Emma Stone - Wild Dogs
The bursary was used to fund the production
of educational and community awareness of the
issues surrounding the conservation of the
African Wild Dog both locally in Zambia and
Nial Riddell - South America Flamingo
The aim to document photographically the
Flamingo’s of the Altiplano of South America
and to use these images to highlight the
threats to both the habitat’s and the
Anna Goodenough - Fungal Identification
To help fund research into the influence of
the orientation on bacterial and fungal
loading in nest boxes occupied by Great Tits.
This research has shown that the offspring in
south-southwest facing nest boxes have a
lower chick fitness by a factor of at least
Anna Barashkova - Pallas Cat: A Way to
To produce photographic and written data on
the Pallas’ Cat and then make informational
posters and booklets, to be distributed among
local people, including school children. It
is hoped that by increasing public awareness
this threaten species can be protected.
Omar Fadhel - Photographic Recording of Iraq
Key Biodiversity Areas
Working on behalf of Nature Iraq this project
was to record with a digital camera areas of
importance for birds and other species in the
Marshlands of Southern Iraq. These marshes,
once the largest in the Middle East, were
drained during the Saddam regime but since
2003 have been restored approximately 50-60%
Sujas Prasad Phuyal - Bats & Caves from
The overall project was to prepare an updated
checklist of the Bats and Caves of the
Pokhara Valley, Nepal. To produce a
photographic record of the bats species and
of the caves, then to publicize the
information gathered through a web site. His
bursary was to cover the cost of a digital
camera and help toward other expenses.
Rebecca Stanley - Birding for Beginners
Organised by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trusts,this project is to engage young people to design and create a large mural of bird related artwork at the Porttack Marsh reserve
Nils Navarro - Cuban Illegal Bird Trafficking
A community campaign by artist's and scientist to highlight the illegal trafficking of wild birds in a Cuban local village of Gibara, on the north-eastern coast.
Sayam Uddin Chowdhury – A pictorial guide to the Shorebird of Bangladesh
To publish 300 copies of pictorial guidebook, describing all 65 species of shorebirds of Bangladesh. These will be distributed free of charge to local conservationists to help them to identify globally threatened shorebird species and habitats along the Bangladesh coastline.
Osiman Mabhachi - Grey Crowned Crane conservation in Zimbabwe
Setting the stage for conservation of the Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum at key sites in Zimbabwe through photography and documentation of community perceptions.
Siddharth Rao – Photographic guide to common birds of the Western Ghats
This book with English and Kannada text, aims to bring into focus the importance of birds in the region and help nurture an interest in them. Copies will be distributed to local schools and communities.
Vivian Fu - Animation for promoting conservation of the Spoon Billed Sandpiper
The production of a short animation about the Spoon billed Sandpiper which can be coloured by children in countries along the migration of this critically endangered species.
Anna Asatryan - Botanical illustration of the flora of Armenia.
Armenia is notable for its rich and diverse flora, this project will raise awareness both locally and through Europe. This will be achieved through the distribution of postcards produced from watercolour painting of the rarer plants, together with conservation lectures to local communities.
Michael Gichia - Conservation of endangered species in the Taita Hills, Kenya.
Encouraging local communities in the Taita Hill forest of Kenya to help in the conservation of the critically endangered Taita Apalis (Apalis fuscigularis) and Taita Thrush (Turdus helleri). Photography will be used to illustrate an awareness leaflet and exhibition. A short video will also be made.
Bruno Monteferri - Gotas de Agua: Dry forest conservation in Peru.
A promotional video by Luciano Troyes Rivera about the importance of dry forest ecosystems in Peru, the endemic bird species found there and to encourage ecotourism to help raise awareness and support the protection of this understudied habitat.
Karina Atkinson - To produce a Field Guide to the Birds of Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca, Paraguay.
The field guide will highlight the need for conservation by illustrating 285 bird species including the endemic and threatened species found in the world's most biodiverse savannah, The Cerrado. The illustrations will be dawn by Derek Onley and be available at all the birdwatching stations on the reserve, for reference and for sale.
David Waweru - Conservation of Abbott's Starlings (Cinnyricinclus femoralis).
The main aim of this project is to conduct surveys of existing Abbott's Starling population, which is believed to be as low as 500 individuals. Analyse the treats to its habitat. Then to empower local communities through art exhibition, power point presentations, photography and illustrated publications, to conserve this vulnerable species.
Ernest Seamark - Conserving Africa's Bats through training and capacity building.
Bats are viewed in a negative light and feared by many African cultures. Education using good photography will show the import roll bats play in a balanced environment.
The Trust also sponsors the British Birds Digiscoping award on a yearly basis