Nature TV has too much Emphasis on Jaws, Claws and Fangs. Living Adventurously 58
David Lindo, also known as The Urban Birder, is a broadcaster, writer, naturalist, photographer and passionate birder - in particular in urban environments: it is possible to see 200 bird species in a year in London. David has been a keen birder 'since the devil was a boy'!
Get your friends involved.
Find a local patch to regularly visit.
Think that anything can turn up anywhere at anytime - that still works for me to this day.
Don’t go out expecting to see anything. That way you’ll never be disappointed but most likely be surprised. And remember: look up!"
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- The Urban Birder - https://theurbanbirderworld.com/
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- The Great Bustard (went extinct in the UK in 1840) - http://greatbustard.org/the-project/
- Birders make annual bird lists. A 'big year' is a personal challenge or an informal competition among birders who attempt to identify as many species as possible by sight or sound, within a single calendar year and within a specific geographic area. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_year
- 620 bird species seen in London, if only once.
- Possible to see 200 bird species in a year in London
- I remember watching a puffin from Hammersmith Bridge
- Been to 350 cities birding
- Almost nobody considers birding in cities - you become an urban explorer
- Wild places exist even inside your house. Nature surrounds you.
- Been birding since the devil was a boy
- Birding is my reason for being. It was my destiny.
- Birding makes me feel good. The moment you connect with nature you feel good. It's a great thing to do when you are in a tight corner
- Trying to 'sell' birding as a life choice, like meditation or yoga
- Some ornithogists think urban birding is not 'real' birding
- You have to work harder in a city to see birds. This hones your skills
- Anything can turn up at any time
- Trying to make birding more accessible worldwide.
- Cleveland, US. Starting a birding project in an urban, African American neighbourhood.
- Urban birding is a way of helping people get to know their area
- Grew up in Wembley, used to explore the local park and wasteground. Exploring wilderness, making camps, making dens, studying the bird life.
- The top of tall buildings - the same height as migrating birds
- Britain's national bird - the robin
- Homing: on Pigeons.
- Did a talk in prisons about birding - everyone enjoyed it and was engaged.
- Takes urban kids on nature walks. There is a problem with inner city engagement - they don't think it is for them.
- TV always portrays nature as being out in the countryside, so people in cities think it's not for them.
- Need to get more nature in the curriculum.
- Media portrays nature via white middle-class men. That's a problem.
- Needs to be a wider range of nature programming - not just epic David Attenborough stuff.
- Nature TV is always about entertainment now. Becomes unattainable.
- Too much emphasis on jaws, claws and fangs
- I was born interested. I think I was born as a puma in a previous life.
- My interest in nature was instinctive. None of my friends and family were interested.
- Good to keep areas of gardens wild. Don't over-manicure parks. Allow things to flourish.
- New housing estates should be built with more green and blue and less grey.
- Build new houses with holes in for swifts and bats.
- You don't need to do a lot to be a birder. Have an open mind and wonderment.
- It's not that important to know what you are looking at. At first it's just about noticing that it is there.
- You don't have to wear green and wellies - you can just go out and be cool
- If you're single it's great to tell people that you are a birder
- I'm addicted to custard
- Early Electric Light Orchestra
- Money buys you anything and nothing