Mike Toms

Mike Toms is Head of Communications at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Much of his work is geared towards public engagement in ‘Citizen Science’, delivering quality research through networks of keen amateurs. A core component of this role has been the communication of the BTO’s science to a broad range of audiences. Mike sees a real need for scientists to communicate the results of their work in ways that engage more effectively with a wider audience. He has been with the BTO since 1994 and has also worked on owls, bird migration, monitoring methods and mammals (amongst others) during his time with the organisation. With an artistic background, he also seeks to promote experiences of the natural world, adding context to the rather dry and often formal outputs of the scientific community. Mike is a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine, author of several books, including the Collins New Naturalist volumes on Owls and Garden Birds. He is also on the New Networks for Nature Steering Group (www.newnetworksfornature.org.uk) and has made numerous contributions to television news and radio.

Mike’s session People Are Listening But What Is The Message

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