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Urban birder lands in Aberdeen

Last modified: 23 September 2013

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The Aberdeen and District RSPB Local Members' Group and the North East Scotland SOC branch will be hosting an evening’s talk with David Lindo, also known as the ‘the urban birder’.

This well known birder, broadcaster and writer will give an engaging and informative talk on Tuesday 8th October, which is open to the general public, as well as RSPB and SOC members.

"I have decided to dedicate my life to extolling the virtues of urban birding to all and sundry,” said David. “I never cease to be amazed by the variety of birdlife to found in our urban centres and it's my mission to tell you about it. When not traversing the world studying urban wildlife I can be found looking for birds in west London at my beloved local patch, Wormwood Scrubs.”

"The great thing about Urban Birding is that it can be done anywhere and anytime, whether you’ve got the day to spare, an hour before work or just a half hour lunch break. In most cities you are never too far away from a green ‘space’ which can often act as natural havens for great urban birds."

Mark Sullivan, chairman of the RSPB Aberdeen and District Members Group, said, “We’re very pleased to be welcoming David and hearing his fascinating personal stories of his time observing birds and nature. This is a rare opportunity to listen to a committed wildlife enthusiast.”

The venue for the talk will be in the Large Lecture Theatre School of Biological and Environmental Studies, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ, starting at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to attend, with tickets at £2.50 for RSPB local group members and North East Scotland SOC members, or £5 for non members. For more information contact Mark Sullivan on 01224 861446, or email

If you have not previously attended a Local Members' Group event, this is also an opportunity to meet and socialise with like-minded people. They organise outings twice a month, hold monthly indoor meetings from October to April, and provide practical help to the RSPB - ranging from fundraising to working on local RSPB reserves.

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