“Birding is hunting without killing, preying without punishing and collecting without clogging your home” – Mark Obmascik*
Birding or birdwatching is on the rise. As the world becomes smaller and more accessible, travel is easier and cheaper. The digital age lets people connect on a person-to-person level. The keen birders have always found ways to connect and share information. It lies in the essence of birding itself. You can only discover more when you have a grasp of the present knowledge. Birding is for the curious minded. The tourist who, when travelling, will not call himself a tourist, but rather consider himself to simply pursue his passion, wherever it takes him. The fascinating thing with birding is that there is always more to explore.
When dedicated people meet and connect you develop a culture and a common understanding of things. This is why being a birder anywhere in the world seems almost effortless. Connections are made in an instant. Catering to birders can be a tricky thing if you don´t understand the culture. A birder can travel to a new country and a new culture, but once he meets with a local birder chances are he will instantly connect. The culture of birding is a worldwide culture, complete with its “language”, ideals, morals, websites, businesses and so much more. This report aims to give the reader a better understanding of birding in general, and the potentials in Norway in particular. It is produced on behalf of Innovation Norway www.innovasjonnorge.com
The report is written in English as the topic of birding and avitourism has worldwide interest. In addition several key people from the international birding community have been interviewed. Find full report as a pdf (may take some time to open as it is a 160mb file).
Biotope is the world’s first and only architectural office with special expertise on birds and birdwatching. They engage in pro nature projects and design birdhides, shelters, nature trails, outdoor amphitheaters and much more.