|Violet-crowned Woodnymph: schemes such as the World Land Trust's|
will benefit birds and habitats in regions like the Neotropics by helping
to offset emissions, an unwelcome by-product of year-listing.
But there is another side to year-listing that needs addressing. It is not the most environmentally friendly activity, I freely admit, so in view of the mileage I've covered in and around the capital during the year, I will be making a donation of 50p per species to a wildlife charity/carbon offsetting scheme, which will be more than sufficient to counter greenhouse gas emissions from my driving over the past 12 months. There are a number of such schemes and I need to research the best options, but one likely candidate has to be the World Land Trust's Carbon Balanced scheme; other suggestions are welcome.
Should I be lucky enough to set a new record and reach 217 species, I will double the donation to £1 per species - so there will be a direct benefit to birds from my year-listing efforts. Every tick therefore helps!