Other ways to help
3 May 2006
Mohammed Dilawar using a second-hand telescope with schoolchildren in India
Image: Oan Dilawar
The second-hand binocular scheme is helping hundreds of projects across the world. Here are just a few examples of projects that are benefiting from this scheme:
‘The students were thrilled with the experience of seeing the birds so close up. This is a very good scheme and I am trying to make it popular in India so that people here also start donating their optics.
'The donated scope has helped us to study bird’s behaviour without disturbing them. Many schools have approached me to take their students for birdwatching trips. This has started an all new chapter in functional conservation in Nashik city and all the credits go to the RSPB for helping me.’
Mohammed Dilawar, formerly from the India community projects – now working for the Bombay Natural History Society, India
'The community is conserving and managing an area of locally-owned forest, rich with bird life, to encourage ecotourism and sustainable resource use which will be of benefit to themselves and the natural environment.
'Thanks to the RSPB second-hand binocular scheme, we were able to provide an essential piece of kit with which to start training local people as bird guides'.
Esther Bertram from the Rwenzori Development Foundation in Western Uganda
'Birdwatching is taking its very first steps in Russia. Interest in this pastime is growing day by day and RBCU are working hard to ensure this interest continues to grow.
'This includes taking local children out to watch birds and learn more about their surrounding environment using binoculars donated by the scheme. This is a vital piece of work that will help to build environmental awareness for the future'.
Elena Krasnova from the Russian Bird Conservation Union, Russia
'We are working with BirdLife Brazil to monitor birds in the Atlantic rainforest. To date, 403 bird species have been confirmed in the reserve, including seven categorised by BirdLife International as threatened.
'Much of the area has been damaged by poor land management, and we intend to start planting trees, demonstrating to landowners that habitat creation for birds and wildlife is possible.'
Alan Martin, REGUA (Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu), Brazil
'Birdwatching is now beginning to take off as a hobby in Turkey and although the new birdwatchers are full of enthusiasm, many lack resources. The donation of second-hand binoculars and telescopes makes a very real difference to their enjoyment and hopefully leads on to a life-long commitment to studying and conserving the wonderful bird life of their country.'
Geoff Welch, former RSPB project manager for Turkey