Together with Andrew Cleave, Andrew Cameron and Rob Read, I have helped establish a new grant-awarding conservation charity called Birds on the Brink (Charity No. 1188009). For some lockdown reading, download our free ebook to find out more about the charity and its aims.
Birds on the Brink is funded by the competition Bird Photographer of the Year. It was borne of a passion for wildlife and in particular birds, but also out of a sense of despair: a response to the seemingly unstoppable process of human environmental exploitation and biodiversity’s steady progression towards extinction. But at its heart there is a recognition that all is not yet lost and that if enough people care passionately enough about the world we live in, we stand a chance of reversing the decline. We know that the first step is to engage and educate people about the issues, and that is where striking imagery can help capture the imagination and nurture interest and compassion.
Birds on the Brink was due to hold an exhibition at the Oxo Gallery, London in April 2020 but that event was cancelled for obvious reasons. As an alternative, we are presenting the exhibition digitally, in the form of an ebook. The book combines great photography, data and stories about bird population decline and the contributing factors. As the owners of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition, Birds on the Brink is committed to using photography as a force for good and positive change.