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What is Green Birding?
In our understandable desire to see far away wild creatures in their natural habitats we have all expended energy and added to greenhouse gas emissions over the years. Increasingly, in a world where climate change is happening before our eyes, a lot of birders now find that this is no longer as acceptable as it once was. By spending more time locally and travelling by human-power alone, we can minimise our effects on the environment and reduce our carbon footprints while really coming to know and appreciate the birds and other lives we live with and amongst.
You are a birder, a lister, a twitcher, a watcher, a naturalist
You would like to know the birds of your local patch in greater depth
You are conscious of the effect chasing good birds can have on the environment – you suspect you drive/fly too much, too often and too far for birds
You are self-powered and can walk, cycle, paddle, row or ride
Then, ipso facto, you are a GreenBirder
If you do nothing else, please register your name on this site to lend weight to our campaign to spread this idea amongst the birding community. If you wish, you can tell us something about yourself in the forum section of the site where you can also open and take part in discussions on any relevant topics.
Patrick Kavanagh, the Irish poet, wrote "To know fully even one field or one land is a lifetime's experience ... it is depth that counts, not width. A gap in a hedge, a smooth rock surfacing a narrow lane, a view of a woody meadow, the stream at the junction of four small fields – these are as much as a man can fully experience."
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