was first used in 1901 as the title to a book on Birds by Edmund Selous, today it means seeking either looking or listening to Birds the feathered type in resent times it has expanded to also refer to looking at Girls. It is principally a British tern with the American using the term Birding. The Birding reference to Birdwatchers are taken as those that enjoy observing birds in their natural environment for a hobby or just the pleasure they give, the term ornithology is given to those that study Birds or the taxonomy class of Aves in a scientific nature, another term that some birdwatchers are placed is that of a twitchier here in the U.K. and chaser if in the United States, this tag is not liked among those that it refers too being a person that seeks out, often travelling many miles to view a rare or unusual bird to a location to tick it off a list of Birds to be seen within a given region or period of time.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Audubon Society were both set up around 100 years ago to save birds, the RSPB was because a group of ladies wished to see Great Crested Grebes head plums in Britain on the bird rather then on the hats of their head, the Audubon Society was set up because they were against Birds being killed, the RSPB has grown here in the UK to an international organisation with a membership of over 1 million adults, and having a substantial private landholding portfolio within the U.K.
If your one of the 2.85 million adults aged over 15 in Britain that go birdwatching regularly or occasionally (Target Group Index, BMRB International 2004), most likely now a much larger figure.
And weather your interest is solely from the kitchen window watching Birds at your feeders or going on birding trips aboard, please observe a few basic rules as “a code of conduct for Bird Watching” for the benefit of Birds and other Birdwatchers

  • Do not disturb the Birds,

  • Respect the countryside code of practice, (close gates and keep to footpaths)

  • Think about putting your positive sightings into a national data base such as “Birdtrack” and any you’re unsure off to the county bird recorder. Be careful who you tell about breeding birds locations to prevent disturbance to their breeding territorial area.

  • Learn the wildlife laws and do not break them. Please take care for many creatures you legally cannot touch or disturb unless you hold the relevant licence.

  • Whilst in a bird hide remember noise disturbs birds and the pleasure of others in the hide plus, if a hide is packed, to see something unusual please consider offering your seat to others to view once you have seen the event.
  • I once lost the opportunity to photography a Bittern because someone shouted out Bitten as it appeared less than 5m out of the reeds in view of the hide, it instantly flew away and we all lost the pleasure of close views.

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