Birdwatcher Roy Philips (58) was today in despair on learning that the UK bird population stands at an estimated 166 million nesting birds.
'I'll never do it now,' Mr Philips said. 'At my age I'll be lucky if I manage to see a million birds. It's enough to make you put your binoculars away for good.'
Mr Philips, who has been a birdwatcher since primary school, and who once had the privilege of observing a rare feathered visitor to these shores from just a few feet, says it's too late to find something else to do with his life, 'Unless,' he said, I go back to trainspotting or rearranging my stamp album again.'