The ben­e­fits of ‘patch bird­ing’ are many

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

I read the ar­ti­cle on patch bird­ing by Liz Dre­witt in the au­tumn is­sue of Bird Watch­ing mag­a­zine with great in­ter­est. I have been bird­watch­ing my lo­cal patch in Buck­ing­hamshire for nearly 10 years. It has a mix­ture of dif­fer­ent habi­tats, from a small reedbed to open farm­land, a small pond to wood­land. Patch bird­ing is a great way to com­mune and get close to na­ture. It is also a way of for­get­ting life’s trou­bles just for a while and en­joy­ing the beauty of the nat­u­ral world and, like the ar­ti­cle, I keep a patch list of birds I see lo­cally, which I put in a note­book with a few of my own draw­ings. I would rec­om­mend patch bird­ing be­cause each visit is dif­fer­ent, you never know what is go­ing to turn up or what you might see. It is great to see the reg­u­lars as well as the rar­i­ties. My patch list cur­rently stands at 116, and who knows how many it will be in 10 years’ time? Mr R Clarke

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