Percentage of birders in Australia

Subject: Percentage of birders in Australia
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 11:50:41 +1000

On 17/02/2007, at 11:18 AM, Dave Torr wrote:

You are of course correct in that there are many people interested in birds who do not join clubs. But the fact is that the UK (and to a lesser extent the US) have a much higher %age of the population in bird clubs than we do. So are they better at getting the "interested" people to join clubs than we
are? Or are there just a higher %age of people interested?

The UK population seem to me, to be a nation of joiners and clubbers - I think that's true of almost every pasttime there.

I have never joined a bird club despite keen interest in observing birds all my adult life. We have several bird books (some editions get passed on, for example we gave our old blue edition of Simpson & Day to a friend who would never otherwise buy such a thing). However I don't really think I qualify as a "twitcher", and my wife and I are usually far more interested in piecing together specific species behaviour rather than compiling lists of species seen.


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