About Terry

Birding Beijing was launched in August 2010 by Terry Townshend, a British birder living and working in Beijing.  Through this website he celebrates the birds that can be found in and around China’s vibrant capital city.  He is indebted to the growing number of birders in Beijing, both Chinese and expat, who contribute a huge amount to the content found on this site.

A passionate conservationist, Terry has spearheaded efforts to save some of China’s most endangered birds, in particular the Jankowski’s Bunting, a poorly known bird living in remote northeast China.  In 2012 he became a Species Champion with BirdLife International.

Terry is dedicated to encouraging young people to learn, and care, about the environment and loves nothing more than showing students, children, local residents and visitors to Beijing the wonders of the birds that can be found here. He has a prominent media profile, often being asked to comment on environmental issues and featuring on mainstream TV, radio, lifestyle magazines, national and international newspapers.

With a professional background in environmental law, Terry was the lead author of the first two editions of the groundbreaking Global Climate Legislation Study, examining climate change-related laws across the world, and remains a co-author today.  He has presented the results of the study to the US Senate, Mexican Congress, Japanese Diet and the South Korean National Assembly, and is an adviser to the Chinese government on the development of their climate change law.

Terry has found several new birds for Beijing, including the capital’s first Tree Pipit in the UK Ambassador’s garden.  He is a regular contributor to the China Birdwatching Society’s lecture series and, in 2014, was honoured to deliver the keynote lecture at the National Zoological Museum to celebrate China’s National Bird Day.  In early 2015 he was delighted to take up a Directorship with EcoAction, a new and innovative Chinese company dedicated to ecotourism and environmental education.  Since 2016 Terry has served on the judging panel for the annual ShanShui Nature Watch Festival in Qinghai and is an advisor to the local government on community-based wildlife watching tourism.

Terry is a member of the BirdLife International Global Advisory Group and a Brand Ambassador for Swarovski Optik.  In September 2015 he was presented with the inaugural “Birding Master” award at the 1st China International Birding Festival.

Photo: Terry birding on The Great Wall by Marie Louise.

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