Welcome to the official site of David Lindo — The Urban Birder
From an initial rustic beginning, the vast majority of 21st Century mankind now live in cities. It's estimated that by 2050 at least 75% of humankind will be living in cities and there are already about 3,400 cities with populations of more than 100,000 in the world today.
On a global level, many of us never leave our city environments. When we holiday we often go to other cities. When we go away for business, it's invariably to another city. We have become communal creatures; in our minds there is a sharp demarcation between urban and countryside.
But within our sprawling cities there is birdlife to be found — sometimes in surprising abundance. If we open our eyes, look up and listen it will make itself known to us. Urbanisation is the necessary result of the population expansion that our species is experiencing at an unprecedented level. What we have to do is learn how to appreciate the nature on our doorsteps and then we will fully understand the importance of worldwide conservation.
When birding in a city try to see the world as how a bird would see it. Ignore people, see buildings as craggy lumps of rock and imagine that the bush you are looking at is filled with food and on a remote headland. That is Urban Birding.
David Lindo — The Urban Birder (R. F. Spencer)
David Lindo (N. Attura)
A few Urban Birding tips to get you started…
- Look up
- Ignore people — see buildings as cliffs and mountainsides
- Have as your mantra: “Anything can turn up anywhere at any time”
- Enjoy yourself!
About David Lindo
I am David Lindo and I am The Urban Birder — writer, broadcaster, speaker and bird guider. Welcome to my site, dedicated to the observation and study of birds in the world's cities. Read more about me…
March 2013 sightings at Wormwood Scrubs
Check out The Urban Birder diary dates
Join me in some interesting places, finding cool birds at a leisurely pace
Find out more about my book ‘The Urban Birder’ published in August 2011
Understanding urban birding optics and how to select the best products for your needs
Read my latest piece for Bird Watching magazine
Read my latest article for RSPB Birds magazine
Check out my Serbia travel guide for Bird Watching magazine
Read my latest piece for Wild Travel magazine
Rick Simpson takes us on an urban birding tour of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Michael Fritz-Graham tells the urban success story of the American Robin
Laura Erickson discusses the CUBs project