Tim Burkinshaw took up a fixed-term post as Wetland Officer with Scarborough Council in 2007. Six years on working on with The Carrs Wetland Project he’s pleased to be still at the Council’s Parks Department in a broader interpretation of the role, advocating landscape conservation and partnership working in the Vale of Pickering. Here he gives a brief bit of biography…
“I grew up in Huddersfield and I remember, as a teenager, coming on birding coach trips to North Yorkshire with an RSPB members group. I was probably the youngest member on the trips and often the older chaps would look after me. The main thing I recall was being wrapped in copious layers of woolly jumpers for the winter weather and being hot and itchy on the return journey.”
“My interests in natural history led to a Natural Sciences degree in Cambridge. It was here that geology captured my interest and became my new passion. Field courses took us to many places including the Yorkshire coast, this time paying more attention to the cliffs than the birds and flowers living on them.”
After starting out in outdoor education, Tim spent time as a field studies tutor at Cranedale Centre on the Wolds, zipping about the moors and coast with nets and quadrats in minibuses full of students. During this time he could equally likely be found standing welly-deep keying-out aquatic invertebrates in Brompton Beck or braving cold easterlies at Flamborough while demonstrating beach profiling to geographers. A happy opportunity arose ‘on the back doorstep’ in the form of the Wetland Project, which brought him to his current role.
Tim lives in Stamford Bridge, on the River Derwent near York, so finds himself taking interest in conservation matters at both ends of the catchment, upstream on The Carrs and downstream with Stamford Bridge in Bloom, coordinating conservation activities with young people.