|Posted on March 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM|
I was contemplating setting up a Facebook Group to allow birders to discuss the British Birding Scene. Where raritiy directions and tips could be discussed for all and sundry.
After discussing the topic on Twitter over the last 24 hours. It became very apparent that this group would fail. A certain element would hijack the news service and create mass fallouts. Over the last 2 years I have been unfriended or i've unfriended 30 birders/twitchers. Many of these people I don't really know, so its not a real loss but 1 or 2 of them I thought had the real possiblity of becoming good friends with me.
I'm sure most fall out's are due to the competitive nature of the hobby. So that is why I maintain to this very day that I'm only competitive with myself. I feel competition with friends, can create devious tactics and ultimatley friendships fail.Which is not only upsetting, but reduces the enjoyment you can trully get from this hobby. Birding & people relationships should go hand in hand.
Recent bad behaviour on Birdforum as meant for owner Steve Kirk to remove certain posters....and at twitches more & more twitchers means more & more pushing, shoveing, shouting & brawls breaking out. The effects this is having on certain locations/counties is more & more suppression.
On the 5th March 2012 we currently have 1054 birders that have seen 400 species in Britain & Ireland and approx 22 twitchers every year break the 500 species barrier. Amazingly 254 birders have now seen 500 species in Britain & Ireland. I hope this number increases, but I fear it could just become a dream if suppression and fuel prices win the battle.