Birder David Lindo, UK
David Lindo is the author of countless articles on urban birds and writes for many websites, publications and magazines. He also has a popular monthly urban birding column in ‘Bird Watching Magazine’ and he is a regular television presenter and has been featured on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK as well as other TV channels around the world including CBS in the United States. His radio work is ranges from regular slots on the prestigious BBC Radio 4 to many other stations all over the world. He is also a well respected public speaker. David is currently a trustee of Wader Quest and a patron of Alderney Wildlife Trust, Birding For All and the Spitalfields City Farm. He is a fellow member of the International League of Conservation Writers, the Founder of the Vote National Bird Campaign and the Tower 42 Bird Study Group plus is on the committee of The Friends Of Wormwood Scrubs. He is the author of 'The Urban Birder' his successful first book that was published in 2011. His next book 'Birding The Concrete Jungle' was published in the summer of 2015.
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), Great Britain
The Wildfowl &amp;amp;amp; Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a British nature conservation organisation with a long tradition, dedicated to the protection of wetlands and their large variety of birds such as the spoon-billed sandpiper. Globally there are only about 100 breeding pairs left of this small shore bird species, and their existence is primarily endangered by pollution, hunting as well as the extraction of fossil fuels. Leica supports the WWT in its effort to protect this endangered species by equipping the expedition teams with premium optical devices. Thanks to the excellent binoculars and spotting scopes by Leica, the expedition members enjoy fascinating insights into the world of the spoon-billed sandpiper and of course nature in general.
Andrea Corso, Italy
Andrea Corso has dedicated his time to birdwatching since his childhood. He has published many papers and articles in Italian as well as international journals and has written and co-authored several books. His work mainly focusses on the identification of bird species, but he also includes other areas of ornithology into his studies. He takes part in many national and international projects, and for the last ten years he has organised the census of birds of prey on their migratory route across the Strait of Messina. For the Leica Blog he mostly reports from his home in Sicily, whose birdlife he is familiar with like no one else.
Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park
The wadden sea in Schleswig-Holstein is a national park, and in 2009 the United Nations have declared this area World Natural Heritage of Humanity. In addition, it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage and Biosphere Reserve, as a bird protection and flora-fauna habitat area of the EU, as well as a wetlands site of international importance according to the Ramsar-Convention. Leica is a co-operating partner of this national park.
Marc Gálvez and José Guerra, Spain
On their website “Lonely Birder” Marc Gálvez and José Guerra provide a directory to accommodation, shops and institutions worldwide, whose services fulfill the special needs of birdwatchers on travels. The two organisers of the website work as ornithologists, and thus they also offer ornithological tours. Leica is an official co-operating partner of “Lonely Birder” and supports the team by equipping its members with high-quality optics, Ultravid binoculars and APO Televid spotting scopes.
Marc Gálvez, Spain
The work of the Spanish biologist also covers bird ringing. He takes part in several nature conservation projects and works as a birdwatching guide at Onaga Birding and Onaga Neotropical in Spain and many other countries.
José Guerra, Spain
The natural scientist from Extremadura, an area that gives home to one of the largest number of bird species in Europe, works on nature conservation projects and dedicates himself to the preservation of endangered bird species. In addition, José Guerra is a tour guide at Onaga Birding.
Fergus Crystal Perthshire, Scotland
As a teenager, it always upset him that there were so few rare bird species left in his home in Perthshire. The ornithologist has longe since recovered from this loss – his profession has taken him to many different countries, such as Japan, Kazakhstan and the Philippines. At the moment he is living in the Spanish region of Extremadura, working as a tour guide at Onaga Birding.