Blogger: Erica Howe, Communications Officer

The largest conservation organisation in Europe is today launching a plea for keen birdwatchers to take part in a rather unusual project.

For its 2013 calendar, the RSPB is looking for bearded birdwatchers to take part in a photo shoot around the East of England.

But there’s a catch. They are to pose with nothing more than their binoculars, strategically placed, to raise money for the society!

RSPB Director in the East, Paul Forecast said: “This is a great opportunity for us to show off the talented birdwatchers we have in the region. Having a beard is a really important part of the look of a birdwatcher so we will insist that all models have a certain amount of facial hair.

“I would also advise that anyone who is really keen on a career as a naked birdwatcher model considers the option of wearing sandals and socks for a little something extra!”


Birdwatcher Rob Coleman, pictured said: “I am really excited to take part in the calendar for the RSPB. With the great weather at the moment, it’s the perfect excuse to top up your tan and shows that you don’t need to wear camouflage to have a good time!”

[Editor's Note: Jermaine Stewart would agree...see video below]

Anyone who is keen to find out more can email the RSPB on