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Simon Mitchell

Simon lives in Canterbury, England. He is a lifelong birder, who grew up watching the wetlands and reservoirs of South Yorkshire.

Simon has a wealth of birding experience and has worked as a bird tour leader on five continents. He has birded in South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Australia, the USA, Europe and Guatemala as well as widely in the Andes and Amazonia.

He has a particular affinity for Southeast Asia, especially Borneo, where he spent 4 years conducting his PhD fieldwork, researching how to lessen the impact of oil palm expansion on bird communities. During this time he also organised an expedition to Kalimantan, where he co-discovered the endemic Meratus Blue Flycatcher and Meratus White-eye which he and collaborators formally described in 2022.

Since earning his PhD, Simon’s academic research has ranged from community ecology studies to asking what is to be done to protect biodiversity and avert ecological collapse. When not undertaking guiding, survey work or research, he acts as a trustee for the Burnet Heritage Trust, which works to restore Yorkshire’s flatlands for wildlife.

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