Birding by Bike

Birding by Bike Simon Woolley, 35 from Hampshire, has launched Birding by Bike, a book in aid of t

By Ellie Parsons
Birding by Bike

Simon Woolley, 35 from Hampshire, has launched Birding by Bike, a book in aid of tsunami relief in Sri Lanka. Last year Simon set himself the task of cycling around Hampshire in search of 200 species of birds.

On completion of the book in December he achieved this and cycled more than 3000 miles. The book is a diary of the kinds of birds he spotted, including sighting two rarities, the Desert Wheatear and Laughing Gull.

"I felt more excited than ever before about birding in my own country," said Simon, also a geography teacher at Winchester College. Take a look at his blog: http://zootherapy.blogspot.com

Birding by Bike costs £5 and all proceeds will go directly towards rebuilding St Thomas' College, Matara in Sri Lanka, a school that still needs vital funds since it was devastated by the tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. Simon and his wife Julia Casson, also a birder, arrived in Sri Lanka the day of the tsunami and saw the damage first hand. "In Yala there were chilling reminders of the fifty or so people, mostly tourists, who had died there - the lid of a suitcase torn from its zip, a beach bag, a flip-flop and most upsetting of all, a few pages from a bird book in the lee of a fallen tree," he recalls in Birding by Bike.

St Thomas' College was not far from where they visited and was what prompted the writing of Birding by Bike. To purchase a copy send a cheque for £5 (includes p&p) payable to Winchester College, to Simon Woolley, 2 Culver Lodge, Culver Road, Winchester, SO23 9NA. Orders will be despatched within seven working days. For further details or bulk orders, contact mailto:skw@wincoll.ac.uk

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