Social Media Ambassadors

Ben Armstrong

Ben joined our Ambassador scheme in April 2022.

"Hi, I'm Ben Armstrong, I am a 16 year-old A level student currently based in West Yorkshire. I love all nature but especially birds, I remember the little things when I was younger like hearing my first cuckoo or seeing my first fox cub that has really developed my interest. Recently I have volunteered at Greenhead park doing a regeneration project planting trees. I feel like most people my age haven’t had the opportunities to admire nature so I try to appeal via social media. I can’t wait to work with Opticron and use the optics to enrich my nature experiences."

Follow Ben on Instagram at @ben_armstrongs_photos and on Twitter at @BenArmstrong24.




Harry Coghill

A few words from Harry:

"Hello. My name is Harry Coghill and I’m a nature photographer and naturalist from West Yorkshire. I’ve always been interested in nature and birding my local patch has become a huge part of my life. I really enjoy creating lists and giving my data to the BTO to help build a picture around the species declines. I volunteer at Cromwell Bottom LNR which is my local nature reserve. Opticron has helped give me a platform to spread my passion with other like minded people. The optics allow me to collect my data much more accurately."

Follow Harry on Instagram and on Twitter @cogsphotos.

Izzy Fry

Here's what Izzy has to say about who she is and what she does:

"Hey! My name is Izzy Fry, I am a 16 year old aspiring wildlife conservationist and amateur wildlife photographer from Wiltshire. I love all aspects of wildlife and the natural world, but especially birds - I am a trainee bird ringer, farmland bird surveyor and absolutely love to go birdwatching at my local nature reserves.

I have had an interest in nature and wildlife ever since I was young, but recently my passion has really blossomed and I now work to inspire a love for the natural world in more young people! I use my Instagram account to inspire more people and to show young people that you don’t have to be weird or nerdy to have an interest in wildlife.

At the moment I am preparing for my GCSEs this summer and then next year I will be studying Environmental sciences, Geography and Biology for A levels. In the future, I would love to study wildlife conservation and ecology at uni and then go on to have a career in conservation".

You can follow her on Instagram @izzyfryphotography.


Meg Stone

Meg joins our ambassador scheme as an Opticron user: "I am delighted to be an Opticron ambassador as I have used their products to enhance my wildlife watching experience for years!

Since I was very young, I have been an avid birder and when I am not at work, I can be found birdwatching on our wildlife-friendly farm or volunteering at my local nature reserve with their bird surveys, at events or as a warden. 

More recently my interest in moths and fungi has increased and as I am an amateur wildlife photographer and science communicator, I use social media to share my wildlife sightings. 

Since graduating from university with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Biology and MSc in Applied Ecology, I have got a job as an Ecology and Environment Consultant for an international consultancy based in West Yorkshire."

Follow Meg on Instagram @meggstonee and on Twitter @MegStone4.



Miles Cluff

Here are a few words of introduction from Miles: "I’m a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Manchester. For me, the best way to spend my spare time is exploring the natural world, with an aim to encourage more people to be aware of what’s on their doorstep and how they can help to protect the limited amount of green spaces we have left.

I’ve been a very keen birder for as long as I remember, and in more recent years, an amateur photographer and artist of birds. I believe art can capture a moment in time better than any photograph could, which is why painting wildlife has become so important to me."

Miles is currently testing and using the Aurora BGA VHD 8x42 binocular.

You can follow him on Instagram @milesbirdstheisles and on Twitter @miles_cluff.

Alice Marlow

This is what Alice told us about herself: "I am a 19 year-old Zoology student currently based at the Penryn campus in Cornwall. I enjoy nothing more than sharing my love and enthusiasm for nature and being outdoors, especially with young children who seem particularly receptive to the joys of British wildlife. I volunteer for a number of wildlife non-profit organisations in different capacities, including both youth engagement and more hands-on field work. For me, it is incredibly important to combine leading research with conservation practices and inspiring the next generation."

And here's what she thinks about her Opticron binoculars: "I have been using my Discovery WP PC’s for a month now and they have totally revolutionised the way I watch wildlife. I have been out most days, using them for nest recording surveys for the BTO and have been amazed by the clarity and detail of the birds I am spotting through them. I also love how lightweight and compact the binoculars are which is ideal when you are out in the field carrying them all day."

You can follow Alice on Instagram @alicegmarlow.


Lauren Eyles

Based on the Gower Peninsula, Lauren Eyles is an Ocean Conservationist, presenter, writer, speaker and Sea Watch Foundation regional co-ordinator for South Wales - a charity protecting Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the UK.

Lauren has over 15 years of experience working in citizen science and engaging communities in a range of marine topics from cetaceans, worms on the rocky shore and marine litter.

Lauren has appeared on BBC Blue Planet UK, Coast, Blue Peter, Newsround, Springwatch, BBC Breakfast, Countryfile and numerous local and national radio stations talking about the impacts of plastic pollution on wildlife and people, marine stranding's and sightings of Whales and dolphins.

Lauren is using a Marine 2 7x50 IC binocular and an MM4 77 GA ED angled scope with SDLv3 zoom eyepiece.

Follow her on Twitter @EylesLauren, on Instagram @eyleslauren, on Facebook or visit her website here.

Past Ambassadors

Emily Cooper

Emily is an Environmental Bioscience graduate who currently works in communications for a freshwater conservation charity. In her free time, she is a keen amateur photographer, and cherishes nothing more than the opportunity to spend time surrounded by nature. 

She notes: "I am totally in love with my Savanna R PC binoculars. They have helped me to connect with nature on a level which I previously didn't know was possible! They take me into the heart of the action, without disturbing the wildlife I love".

Follow Emily on Twitter @ohdeeremily and on Instagram @ohdeeremily.