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Bozena

Bozena

ScotNature is a trading name of Dr Bozena Kalejta-Summers (Bozena's published work). 

"I was born and brought up in Poland.  Here, my interest in birdwatching started as a MSc biology student at a Poznan university, where I studied the breeding biology of waders.  

As a fourth-year student, I came to the U.K. in 1981 to attend an international course for environmental conservation in Edinburgh.  Unfortunately, during my stay in the UK, Martial Law was imposed in Poland, making return to my home country difficult.  I furthered my education in the U.K. where in 1982, I was enrolled for a BSc in Zoology at Cardiff University, Wales. Here, I was able to develop my interest in ornithology further and my BSc project involved study of the diet of Skylark and Chaffinch and the use of the Taff/Ely saltmarsh by the bird community. 

What followed then, was a three-year wander around the globe.  Short-term research, surveying projects and birdwatching trips took me to Indonesia, Australia, the United States, Canada and Mexico.  

A short birding holiday to South Africa in 1987 made me fall in love with the country, its culture, wildlife and people.  I returned to South Africa a few months later to undertake a PhD project on waders at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Cape Town.  On completion of my PhD, I settled in Cape Town, where I worked as an ornithologist at the University of Cape Town. 

And then, the unexpected happened!  I met a Scotsman, got married at the foot of Table Mountain and moved to Scotland.  Since 1994, I settled in the Highlands, where I have conducted research contracts for SNH, RSPB and other environmental bodies.  In between the contracts, I have run birding tours since 2001.