Newly added, The Birdwatchers Code for all responsible birders.
Almost three million adults go birdwatching every year in the UK(*). Following The Birdwatchers’ Code is good practice, common sense and should enable us all to enjoy seeing birds. It puts the interests of birds first and respects other people, whether or not they are interested in birds. It applies not just when you are at a nature reserve, but whenever you are watching birds in the UK or abroad. It will be most effective if we lead by example and sensitively challenge the minority of birdwatchers who behave inappropriately.
Five things to remember:
1) Avoid disturbing birds and their habitats – the birds’ interests should always come first.
2) Be an ambassador for birdwatching.
3) Know the law and the rules for visiting the countryside, and follow them.
4) Send your sightings to the County Bird Recorder and www.birdtrack.net.
5) Think about the interests of wildlife and local people before passing on news of a rare bird, especially during the breeding season.
1) The interests of the bird come first – Birds respond to people in many ways, depending on the species, location and time of year. Disturbance can keep birds from their nests, leaving chicks hungry or enabling predators to take …
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