Just wondered what the general consensus of opinion is on these so-called "Bird Races". Never been involved in one, and never would; if it is an event which raises money for some charity then "fair do's", but as a purely competitive bird-related "sport" I can think of nothing worse.
Can't seem to find the charity perspective on this one though, which is the norm for birdraces. Guess it might be good for business, though, for the organiser the "Birdwatching and Wildlife Club", a commercial tour operator in Speyside...
Not sure about the claim of this event being the "first Highland Bird Race"? Bet fellow Speyside tour operator heatherlea might disagree, who have been marketing their Highland Birdrace Special trips for a while now (http://www.heatherlea.co.uk/birdwatc...d-birdrace.htm)
Birdracing is a real "each to their own" sort of thing; I've been involved in a few and personally really enjoy them. It helps if you're competitive (as I am), so record-breaking becomes enjoyable (121 in Bucks, thank you very much), and also sociable (New Years Day ending at the pub; glorious ). Great fun for me, but I can see how it would be the idea of a day from hell for others...
Still, a good birdrace will raise some dosh for charity (we've historically supported our local Wildlife Trust), will help map out breeding birds for a county through the race and the preparation (we found a new LEO breeding site last year, for example), might do some media/awareness raising work, and lastly is also a great way to find some good birds (Crane in Bucks a couple of years back!).
This particuar one in the Highlands I'm a little sceptical about; looks a commercial one to me rather than a charity one, but then if people go and enjoy themselves without causing disturbance, why not?!