‘LOOK UP AT THE SKY’ THE ROYAL PARKS ANDTHEURBAN BIRDER DAVID LINDOURGE LONDONERS TO TAKE UP BIRDWATCHING
The Royal Parks charity has enlisted the help of The Urban Birder, David Lindo,to inspire a new generation of birdwatchers.
Thecharitywill be running free sessions for birdwatching novices across all of London’seight Royal Parks in June and July. Binoculars will beprovided,and sessions will last up to two hours.
“Many peoplegrowing up in a city will not have had the opportunity, the equipment or the know–how to take up this activity”,explainsThe Royal Parks’ BiodiversityManager, Pete Lawrence. “These free sessions aim to make birdwatchingmoreaccessible, andIftheyprove popular, we hope to repeat them in future years.
“There are numerous studies that show that learning about nature is the first step in caring about it and wanting to protect it”adds Lawrence. “Likewise, research shows that immersion in nature is good for people’s mental wellbeing”.
Theinitiativeis part of the charity’s mission to encourage visitors to#KeepWildifeWild, in a bid to help nature thrive.Itencourages visitorstoobserve wildlife in its natural habitat, rather than touching or feeding animals.
Lindo,who grew up in Wembley,has been birdwatchingsince he wasfiveyearsold. Now he’s anauthor, TV naturalist and travels theglobespreading the urban birding word. He says:“Birding is not just for those who live in the countryside asthere is an amazing array of birds to be found in the capital. All you need to do is look up!”
As well as free birdwatching sessions, the charity is encouraging visitors to connect with nature throughself–ledwildlife trailsandnature–inspired events suchas Roadshows and Discovery Days.
As well as David Lindo, some of the free bird watching sessions will be delivered by the Royal Parks’Conservation Officer, Tony Duckett, whose passion for birdwatching spans six decadesand by local bird enthusiasts.
The charity will alsobehosting a bird watching photography competition with a top prize of binoculars worth £400. To be in with a chance of winning, entrants need to take a photoof one of the birds included on the parks’bird spotter sheets and send it email@example.com submit viaThe Royal Parks’social media channels.