One of the main motivations when we came up with the idea of BiOME ecology was to find ways to engage younger people with nature and to assist those who had already developed a passion to identify opportunities that could help them develop it.  But, sadly, we are no longer young ecologists and we were concerned that it would be difficult to see things from a young person’s perspective.  So, we ran a competition on the BiOME Facebook page to find a young blogger (under 25 years of age) who could provide this webzine with an insight into the world of a young ecologist.  The remit was wide; we were looking for someone with a passion for their subject but this could have been a professional or amateur, a botanist, birder, bat worker or from any other relevant background.  We asked for entrants to tell us, in less than 140 characters, why they should be the person to provide monthly articles to the site.

Interest was high, although the most appropriate entrant was clear – Gus Routledge, a keen naturalist and wildlife blogger based in Scotland.  We very much look forward to hearing what Gus has to say over the coming year! Best of luck Gus!

Introducing Gus Routledge, Youth Writer

I’m here as the youth writer for BiOME ecology because I have some insights into the mind of a young ecologist!

To start off, my name is Gus Routledge and I’m from Edinburgh, although I spend a lot of my time in Aberdeen at the moment as I’m studying Countryside and Environmental Management at the Aberdeen campus of Scotland’s Rural College. I love being outdoors and learning about the outdoors!  This love has always been there, but it really started to take hold when my gran introduced me to birdwatching. From there it spread into trees and mammals, and now my main aim is to become a well-rounded ecologist, whose passion for our environment hopefully rubs off on others and helps them on their way to enjoying it as much as I do.

Whether it’s birdwatching, botanising, tracking, trying to understand the landscape, or a multitude of other things, I try to spend as much time out in the field as possible to learn as much as I can. The course I’m studying has helped me become more aware of how our ecosystems and landscape works, with regard to natural and human influences, so I’m not all about identification(although I do a lot of that)!

You can follow me on Twitter (@PinkfootedGus) for the occasional tweet on any of the aforementioned topics, and probably more than that!