Monday, 23 March 2015

My article in the Bangladeshi Youth Magazine Kishor Alo

My week in Bangladesh had been fantastic with a trip to Sonadia Island, to see the amazing and rare Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Then a talk in Dhaka with the aim of the trip to highlight the Spoon-billed Sandpiper to as many Bangladeshi's as possible both in Bangladesh and in the UK. 

As well as appearing in the national newspapers, an article about me also appeared in a monthly teen magazine, The Kishor Alo, published by the biggest selling daily Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo.

The article came out on 6th March 2015, a couple of weeks after we were back home and the link to the magazine is

Article in Kishor Alo Magazine


The translation is similar to the article in Prothom Alo 

Mya-Rose: A love of birds

Mya-Rose is a twelve year old young, enthusiastic bird watcher and twitcher. Those who watch the movement of migratory birds and of birds generally are known as twitchers. Mya-Rose has already seen more than 3,000 different types of birds in a number of countries. Mya-Rose is known in the UK and around the world as the youngest world bird watcher to see this many birds.

Mya-Rose’s mother, Helena Ahmed, is Sylheti and her father, Chris Craig, is a British. They live in Somerset in the UK.

This February, Mya-Rose made a trip to Bangladesh to survey the rare Spoon-billed Sandpiper. There are only 200 of this species of birds left in the world. Mya-Rose said in an interview about Bangladeshi birds, "The Island delta is a place with an enviable variety of water birds. It is an amazing and interesting experience for me to watch almost extinct birds like the Spoon-billed Sandpiper here in Bangladesh".

Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Sonadia Island, Bangladesh
Photograph copyright Bangladesh Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project

She started bird watching when she was four years old and since then, Mya-Rose has travelled to all the continents except Antarctica to see birds and is going there in December. Mya-Rose's mother, Helena Ahmed, said, "When she was a baby, her third word was 'birdie'. We always support her work and ambitions".

About the writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

Mya-Rose Craig is a 12 year old young birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She was the youngest person to see 3,000 birds in 2013 and she hopes to see her 4,000th bird in Antarctica, her 7th continent, in 2015. She has recently been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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