One of naturestimeline’s core business objectives – Freelancing

A quick blog of perhaps several to highlight where and how I intend naturestimeline to develop over the coming months and years from a business sense and also from an educational viewpoint.

My working background

Freelance Professional – Short-term contract worker offering Bird Surveys/Desk Research/Work from Home Office services


Visiting Researcher and professional Ornithologist/Field Surveyor


Undertake ad hoc visits to clients who need any of the following tasks completed in relation to assessing the natural environment.


  • Have the ability to detect the presence of any birds and other wildlife residing on their land. I am well known for my skills in identifying birds through their calls and songs. I have been practising natural sound recordings for more than 25 years.


  • Provide an evidence base comprised of abundance and distribution of all bird species and or other wildlife making use of their land. I have been undertaking such studies for many years both in a voluntary capacity and in paid positions for repeat clients since 2014. 


  • Visit as many times as deemed necessary and provide datasets which gather enough information to provide an excellent evidence base. The landowner can then choose whether he or she acts on produced evidence to enhance his or her landholdings for the wildlife.


  • Provide a detailed systematic analysis of my findings via spreadsheets and associated reporting services. Examples can be made available through direct contact via my Facebook details or email.


  • Where appropriate, in my own time, I will also input these findings onto the British Trust for Ornithology’s BirdTrack system. In doing this, I hopefully provide the BTO research scientists with further evidence to add to their existing knowledge base which they can act on in the name of conservation.



See you next time.


Best Wishes

Tony Powell





naturestimeline Education services – “A conservation professional sharing his personal perspective on breaking news stories from the world of nature alongside his own accounts from the field.”


3 thoughts on “One of naturestimeline’s core business objectives – Freelancing

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  1. I envy your ability to recognise birds by their songs Tony! I find if I hear them regularly in certain places over a period time I learn to recognise them, but then out of context I’m lost! Good luck with your future aims.

    1. Thanks, Theresa. It is a case of regularly immersing yourself in their world by taking in the myriad of different sounds and calls around you. Often, you will need to shut yourself off to extraneous distractions. Attempt to understand what each call means, whether it’s a tit species expressing anger at a passing hawk or a Lapwing simply displaying to its mate. Every sound means something and will take up many different guises, but you can usually make a mental note of a few sounds each time you’re out and about and learn from there. Regular exposure to such bird sounds will bring you further knowledge of just what’s out there. Connecting these linked behavioural traits takes time, and with practice, you will eventually perfect the art of birding by ear.

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