Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05

Subject: Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05
From: "Tony Crittenden" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 01:36:57 +0000

In the UK they run a national bird race with teams limited to county boundaries There it is scored on the percentage seen of the highest tally for your county

Obviously counties like Norfolk (Coastal less urbanised) have a much higher tally than say Northamptonshire (landlocked more urbanised), but as you are judged against the best tally in your county it seems pretty fair. So a sparrow in Norfolk may be worth 0.75% but in northampton its worth 1.2%


(former Northampton birdracer)

Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 10:42:54 +1100

It's obviously very quiet out there on the birding front.

I think I recall discussions in past years about this with suggestions
that you open it up as a national event.

I like the "Modified Dolby System".  Because I only have the past five
years totals for NSW (although I do prefer the 10 year average model) I've
used the average of the past 5 years winning totals for both states.  The
7 year Twitchers (Vic) would have scored 96.7 while WOW (NSW) would have
scored 105.4.  The Brewers (NSW) would come out at 104.5.

Obviously you are not going to please everyone.  There are clearly
inequities that probably can't be addressed.  The Victorians are limited
by state borders for example.  If we dropped border restrictions would the
Victorian teams change their routes?  Others may cry foul that FNQ teams
(for example) may have a greater diversity of birds within easy travelling
distance.  I don't think it's possible to create a level playing field
here.  There's already some apparent discontent in NSW (I've only heard
second-hand) about some teams taking it all too seriously.  This is
interesting as the teams that they must be referring to probably have the
most irreverent attitude to the event of any of the teams (WOW don't even
do a recce of sites before the Saturday of the event!).  The same teams
(although I can really only speak for certainly about WOW) also raise
significant amounts of money.

I think it would be interesting to open it up (only because I like a
challenge) but not sure how it could be done while keeping enough teams
happy to ensure that it remained an important find raising event.


David Geering
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Department of Environment & Conservation
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