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Tips & Guides: How to Make Money By Birwatching | Neil Hermes

Want to Make Money While Birdwatching? Here Are 4 Tips To Get You Started

Birdwatching is a fun, inexpensive hobby that can be done anytime by anyone, even in their own backyard. All you need is a trusty pair of binoculars and knowledge of some good birdwatching spot/s to get started.

In this article, I will let you in on some ways you can turn the wonderful hobby of birdwatching into a part-time, or even a full-time job, and make money doing something you truly enjoy.

If you’re new to birdwatching, we also recommend you read my top 10 reasons to start birdwatching.



Attend Birdwatching Courses Or Become A Volunteer


If you’re new to birdwatching or are considering a career in birdwatching, I highly recommend you do these two things first. Joining courses will equip you with the basic knowledge and skills to become a birdwatcher. And while becoming a volunteer for local birdwatching groups and organisations might not make you money at first, but it will give you the experience to qualify for a career in birdwatching eventually.


Become A Bird Guide

Be a bird guide

With a few birdwatching courses and hours of volunteer work under your sleeve, perhaps you’re now ready to consider becoming a bird guide. You can either join an existing birdwatching tour company, or set yourself up in your neighbourhood or a remote location filled with great bird spots, and start planning and setting up the guided birdwatching walks and tours yourself.

I personally know many people (myself included), who have turned their passion for birdwatching into a full-time job or career.


Apply For Local Council Or University Bird Research

Local Council Work

Applying for a local council or university work surrounding bird life and conservation is another way you can build a career while birdwatching. However, unlike being a bird guide, the work in these set-ups is more solitary and research-based.

There has been a great increase in work opportunities for those who are passionate about birdwatching. So whether you are drawn to the more investigative and research-based side of things, or simply want to share your knowledge of birds with others as a guide, I highly recommend you begin by attending birding courses or doing volunteer work.

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