A UK Green birder, birdwatcher, twitcher and environmentalist, Gary Prescott aka The Biking Birder is now on the Biking Birder Adventure of a lifetime, a 6 month journey in Peru.
Started on April the first, he will cycle from the Pacific, up and over the High Andes. Then leaving his bike, he will kayak - packraft, in an Alpaca boat, down the mighty Madre de Dios river through the Manu Rainforest.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
sleepless night because of a string of thoughts going through my
head, Peru and Israel coming up soon taking up most of it. Yet there
is also my procrastination over doing a foreword for the book about
All of the
day by day pages of the book are done. All of the meetings, the
birds, the cycling and the locations are detailed, maybe not in a
Mark Cocker way, sadly I am not a literary writer of such poise and
intelligence, yet in my own fashion it is done.
The foreword though
is so difficult because I have to get down to emotion and reason,
relationships and outcomes. Hence the delay.
on me as a person I feel is important to share and the struggle
against the turmoil of inner thoughts touched on occasionally during
the year also.
is the question of validity. Mine is not a pure Green record. I used
ferries to get to the remote islands of Scotland. Ponc Feliu Latorre
of Spain didn't use ferries during his Big Green Year and is
therefore he is the Green BIGBY champion. I beat Ponc's total of
birds and had the most fabulous time doing so but his record is the
Green one to beat.
rules written down for Green Birding. They can be found in the book
by Richard Gregson, Green Birding and also on Jim Royer's blog –
World Green Birding records.
June last year, whilst staying at the fabulous new Spurn Bird
Observatory, I talked with Paul French about this. Paul suggested
that I would reach 300 by just staying at Spurn. I said where's the
fun in that compared to birding on North Ronaldsay and fair isle?
Maybe 300 plus by pure Green means is possible in England. I don't
know and I sincerely would love someone to do it one day. Me? Never
As for my
318, well I just hope that taking ferries, and boy did I suffer on a
few of those, won't detract from my achievement. 6,900 cycled miles
in 2016, every RSPB and WWT nature reserve visited both in 2010 and
in 2015, around £15,000 raised for charity. Maybe a new Green
Birding category should be produced for my type of Green Birder; The
European Green Biking Birder record (F)*.
does this sound?
Green Birding record – Ponc Feliu Latorre
Green Biking Birder record (F)* - Me.
you may think, I will be back on the bike next year, Peru!