Twitchers have eye on helping reserve

NBENBE120120b1, Belper birdwatchers Carole and Mike Beavis are appealing for binoculars to send to a nature reserve in India.
NBENBE120120b1, Belper birdwatchers Carole and Mike Beavis are appealing for binoculars to send to a nature reserve in India.

A BIRD watching couple from Belper are on the look out for binoculars that they can send to a nature reserve in India.

Carole and Mike Beavis want fellow twitchers, or anyone else, to donate their old binoculars and give them a new lease of life on a wetland reserve.

The pair, of Spencer Road, recently visited Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan.

It is a World Heritage Site which offers protection to a large number of migratory birds and other flora and fauna.

While there, Carole and Mike noticed their guide was not using binoculars to show them the different kinds of birds.

“The guides are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and lovely who really do make your visit something to treasure,” said Carole. “And they do it all with so little equipment.

“We discovered that it’s very difficult to buy good quality binoculars in India, and on the wages the guides earn, prohibitively expensive, so most of them rely on their eyesight to spot the birds and identify them whilst the visitors peer through their high quality expensive gear.

“It made us realise how lucky we are. Not only can we travel to different countries and make use of the guide’s fantastic knowledge and skill, but we also have equipment that far outshines anything they might hope to own.

“So we decided to try and do something about it!”

If you can help, then ring Carole and Mike on 01773 880329 or 07939 893607. Alternatively, send an email to c.hockey@virgin.net.

Carole added: “We will pay for them to be cleaned and refurbished if necessary and send them out there as a thank you from British birdwatchers.”