I am working on some research into the bird market and hoped you can help steer me in the right lines about "typical" bird watchers.
Any behaviours / profiles I've missed out?
1. Beginner 30% - “what’s this bird”
Obssessed with the visual identification and in need of help from website forums like this, or books.
2. Garden birder 10% - “I love seeing birds on my bird table”
Garden birders are casual, incidental bird watchers. They enjoy feeding and watching birds who visit their garden. They don't travel to see birds.
3. Passionate – 30 %
“Let’s see the migrating Swans coming into land” - a weekend birder who sometimes travels to see rarer birds. Will invest in good kit to help with hobby.
4.Obsessives 30% - “One thing that happens to you, you get to where you want to carry your binoculars everywhere.”
They will travel to see new birds and to catch another glimpse of their favourite birds. They are also very keen on tracking the birds’ migratory patterns. There are also rarity bird seekers who want to hear about the latest sightings immediately and will then travel for long distances to locate a rare bird species. These are the most passionate of birders as they will keep lists of “observed birds”.