Hey! My name is Izzy Fry; I am a 16 year old naturalist and aspiring wildlife conservationist from Wiltshire!
I started this little website and blog to share all of my wildlife photos and nature finds, to try and inspire a love for the natural world in more people, and to show young people that having an interest in nature and wildlife is not weird or nerdy!
So here’s a little bit about me!
My parents and family have always had an interest in nature and have encouraged me outside from a very young age! I was always out finding snails, making feather collections and watching butterflies on the plants in my garden! What also sparked or re-sparked my passion when I was older, was an amazing trip to Skomer Island to see the puffins when I was 10 years old! After the trip I really found my love for photography and started photographing the birds, bees and butterflies in my garden. From there my passion really blossomed and I am now really interested in every aspect of nature and wildlife from tiny beetles to massive birds of prey!
I am a trainee bird ringer, contributing to the ringing scheme held by the BTO. For the past couple of years, I have been getting up early on my weekends to go out ringing at various nature reserves and ringing sites as well as in my own garden and on my family’s farm! I am currently training for my ringing license so I can start a few projects and sites up on my own!
As well as photography, I am very interested in nature journalism. I have written articles and features for various places including The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, A focus on nature, the RSPB, Butterfly Conservation and Plantlife.
Over the couple of years, I have been working closely with my good friend Inés to create Young Nature Watch, a group aimed at teenagers which is a branch off our local Natural History Society. Over lockdown, many people have found an interest in nature, and so we wanted to get young nature enthusiasts together and plan some exciting events from photography workshops to harvest mice surveys!
I am a young ambassador for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts, so I work with the Trust to engage more young people with nature! I was also the winner of the National Biodiversity Network Young Person’s Award for Wildlife Recording 2021!
At the moment, I am preparing for my GCSES this summer and then I will be studying Environmental Sciences, Geography and Biology for A Levels. I then hope to go on a gap year, volunteering all over the world for a bit, before studying wildlife conservation and ecology at uni! I definitely want to have a career in something to do with protecting wildlife in the future!