My interest in birds has developed in a number of different but specific directions and I have found it useful to present my ideas in separate but linked websites.
The common purpose which the various websites share is to talk about birds using language which is easily understood. You don’t need to be an ornithologist to contribute to the study and understanding of birds. You just need to be observant, have an enquiring mind and be willing to share and discuss your thoughts and views with others. Specifically I want to:-
- Stimulate and develop discussion about birds and birding with like-minded people.
- Achieve an understanding of birds and their behaviour from characteristics which can be observed by the layperson.
- De-mystify some of the ornithological terms which many birders find hard to pronounce let alone understand.
If you want to know more and think you might like to participate please click on Aims and responsibilities.
I also use this website to develop my thoughts and ideas about birds and birding. The two modules "Bird Study" and "Ancestral Birds" currently contain content which I may use later in one of my websites. Meanwhile comments in Site Feedback are welcome.
|GRUFFALUMP'S BIRDS - http://bbsi.wikidot.com|
|An overview of the aims, content and structure of the websites|
|Development of ideas for new content|
|AWARENESS AND TRAINING WEBSITE - http://bbdg.wikidot.com|
|Private website to introduce new users to Wikidot facilities|
|Can only be viewed by current members|
|Comments / Discussion module for one to one communication|
|Tailored to suit members interests - currently - Bird Photography|
|WILMSLOW BIRDERS -1 - http://wgbwcopy.wikidot.com||WILMSLOW BIRDERS - 2 - http://wgbw.wikidot.com|
|Do you have a general interest in Birds and Birding ?||Covers some wider aspects of Birds and Birding|
|This may be the website for you - anyone can view||The website for those with a deeper interest|
|Mainly but not exclusively birds of the UK||Articles and Features developed from Posts & Replies|
|Promoting Wilmslow Guild Birdwatching group||See an A to Z index of Articles, Features and Reviews|
|Programme of activities,Trip Reports, Newsletters||Did you see? Highlights new content|
|Forum for Posts & Replies - email address or Wikidot User Name||Forum access via email address or Wikidot User Name|
|Want your own pages for text and photographs ?- Available here||Want to participate in Features and Reviews ?|
|Participants & in depth visitors from 25 countries||Participants & in depth visitors from 12 countries mainly UK & US|
|GROUP BIRDS BY HABITATS & NICHES - http://bomy.wikidot.com||GROUP BIRDS BY COMMON NAME GROUPS - http://baob.wikidot.com|
|An alternative way of grouping birds||Promotes the use of IOC English Names|
|Focuses on observation of Habitats and Behaviour||Reviews of selected bird groups|
|In depth visitors currently from 27 countries||In depth visitors currently from 41 countries|
Click on the blue link to go to the website which interests you.
See what other people are looking at - type Gruffalump's Birds or Wilmslow Birders into Google search engine.
You can communicate directly with the Webmaster, Gruffalump, by sending an email to moc.liamg|kcinbahwob#moc.liamg|kcinbahwob.
Level and depth of interest.
The four main websites, Common Name Groups, Habitats and Niches and the two Wilmslow Birders websites all receive regular and significant interest during each month. On the basis of people visiting, pages viewed and longest time per page the main topics viewed in depth over the last three months are:-
|Common Name Groups||Habitats and Niches||Wilmslow Birders 1||Wilmslow Birders 2|
|Birds of prey||Aerial habitats||Nelson's Page||Birding Places|
|Herons, Egrets, Bitterns||Finch-like birds||Liz's Page||Kingfisher|
|Early Birds||Plant Eaters||Sandpipers Page||True Finches|
|Sea and Ocean Birds||Aquatic habitats||Gruffalump's Page||Wheatears feature|
|Chats and Robins||Terrestrial habitats||Forum posts and replies||Night Herons feature|
|Inland Water Birds||Woodland and forest birds||Field Trip reports||30 topics viewed in depth|
|Marsh and Reed-bed Birds||36 topics viewed in depth||75 topics viewed in depth|
|40 topics viewed in depth|