Chris Beach

Chris Beach

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Chris Beach
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United Kingdom
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I have been a Herts birder all my life, when I started out in the early 1980’s birds like willow tit, tree sparrow, hawfinch were all fairly common occurrences. I practiced my craft on my local patch which covered Welwyn, The Ayots, Sherrardspark Wood, Brocket Park, Symondshyde Farm, Waterend & Blackbridge. I did it the hard way & with Bill Oddie's Little Black Bird Book as my bible I perfected my field skills & learnt my common birds. Something which is a bit of a rarity these days, I tend to come across people who really don’t have a clue. For a while I strayed into twitching & to be honest I kind of enjoyed it but, as the crowds turned from hardcore barbour wearing birders to bird flushing, tick hungry duffers I moved away from that scene. Did manage to get over 400 though. I do still dabble from time to time but generally with the long stayers so when I go there is normally no one else around. In the mid 1990’s I put the bins down & gave up birding for a few years, I blame alcohol & woman for that or at least my weakness towards them. Since my return, I haven’t looked back & to be frank I don’t think it ever really left me, once a birder always a birder.