RSPB That's all spokes!


Determined special needs teacher Gary Prescott completed his record-breaking year-long cycle ride this weekend, visiting every RSPB nature reserve in the country while perched on a saddle. Finishing up at The Lodge in Sandy, Bedfordshire, the Biking Birder, as he's fondly known, was finally able to chain up his bike on Saturday.

Biking Birder Gary Prescott (photo: RSPB).

Gary embarked on his epic fundraising adventure in January, raising money for the RSPB as well as the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust and Asthma UK. The mission: to cycle the length and breadth of the UK, stopping off at every single RSPB reserve on the way.

Gary said: "I could do it all over again. It was just great! I can't possibly pinpoint one highlight; the whole thing was an amazing journey from start to finish. It was always a great feeling when I arrived at a reserve and people were there to greet me, cycle with me, or sometimes even sing to me! That really spurred me on, and it was lovely to see some friendly faces."

"Seeing the scope of work that's being carried out on RSPB reserves by staff and volunteers was also a major highlight. It was such a privilege to see first-hand how dedicated and passionate about nature the RSPB team is. It proved to me how right I've been in supporting this great charity for all these years."

Biking Birder Gary Prescott (photo: RSPB).

The Biking Birder is the first person ever to visit every RSPB reserve in one year, and the fact that he did it by bike is even more impressive. He continues: "There were one or two cycling mishaps, like the time I fell off my bike in Oxford because of terrible snow and ice. I broke my bicycle and had to push it for nine hours to my next stop. That was pretty miserable, but it didn't dampen my spirits, it was all part of the adventure."

Gary, who will be returning to teaching in January, has been recording the number of bird species he's seen on his travels in order to raise some charity cash from famous birdwatcher Bill Oddie. The former funny man has pledged money for each species Gary spots.

"He sent me a lovely letter telling me he admired what I was doing and pledged some money for each different type of bird I record seeing. Now it's time for me to tell him how much he owes me — I hope he's got deep pockets!"

For more details of Gary's journey visit www.bikingbirder2010.blogspot.com.

Related articles

RSPB Court gives go-ahead to massive windfarm scheme despite RSPB protests RSPB Court gives go-ahead to massive windfarm scheme despite RSPB protests
A £10-billion offshore renewable energy development on the Firths of Forth and Tay has been allowed to proceed after a court ruling. read on read on
RSPB Tagged European Turtle Dove returns to Essex RSPB Tagged European Turtle Dove returns to Essex
An East Anglian European Turtle Dove has become only the second individual to have its migratory route mapped from the UK to West Africa and back. read on read on
RSPB Second documented case of raptor persecution discontinued by court RSPB Second documented case of raptor persecution discontinued by court
RSPB Scotland has expressed its frustration and disappointment after another prosecution of an individual charged with wildlife crime offences was discontinued by the Crown Office in Scotland. read on read on
RSPB New project launched to save Scotland's rarest insects RSPB New project launched to save Scotland's rarest insects
A new project is being launched in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park to save six of Scotland's rarest invertebrates. read on read on
RSPB Oxford Swift City project takes flight RSPB Oxford Swift City project takes flight
The two-year Oxford Swift City project will officially launch on Saturday 6 May, and hopes to raise awareness of the decline in numbers of this vulnerable species. read on read on

The information in this article was believed correct at the time of writing. BirdGuides accepts no responsibility for errors, or for any consequences of acting on information in the article. The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily shared by BirdGuides Ltd.

hide section Reader comments (1)

I wonder how many Grasshopper Warblers he heard on his trip? 'Oh no, that's my wheels going around again'!!
   john miles, 22/12/10 11:26Report inappropriate post Report 

Back to top Back to top

Latest edition Latest edition
Search articles Search articles
All articles All articles
Popular articles Popular articles
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Terms of Sale | Cookie Policy | About us | Advertise | Contact us
BirdGuides, Warners Group Publications PLC, The Chocolate Factory, 5 Clarendon Road, London N22 6XJ
© 2017 BirdGuides and Warners Group Publications plc. All Rights Reserved. Company Registered in England no. 2572212 | VAT registration No. GB 638 3492 15
Sales: or tel. 0800 919391 · International Sales: +44 (0)1778 391180 · Office: or tel. 020 8826 0934

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites