after Birdwatching guided tour of Minsmere Reserve for local Cerebral Palsy Group was billed as 'wheelchair Twitchers' event.
Bob Flemming for RSPB Minsmere sought to calm the situation in a joint statement with the local group.
"Only the Harpies and busybodies of the pc brigade are onto this one. We're all chilled about it as are the hosted group. We actually saw a Bittern and two Great Crested Terns",
" The term twitcher, sometimes misapplied as a synonym for birder, is reserved for those who travel long distances to see a rare bird that would then be ticked, or checked off, on a list. The term originated in the 1950s, when it was used to describe the nervous behaviour of Howard Medhurst, a British birdwatcher. Prior terms for those who chased rarities were pot-hunter, tally-hunter, or tick-hunter. The main goal of twitching is often to accumulate species on one's lists. Some birders engage in competition to accumulate the longest species list. The act of the pursuit itself is referred to as a twitch or a chase. A rare bird that stays put long enough for people to see it is twitchable or chaseable".
Bob went on to say ".. For example, a twitcher who fails to see a rare bird has dipped out; if other twitchers do see the bird, he may feel gripped off. Suppression is the act of concealing news of a rare bird from other twitchers.."