RSPB pledges to review 'sexist' bird posters

The birdwatcher Mya-Rose Craig pointed out that images of female birds used by the charity in an identification chart were smaller than their male counterparts

(Photograph: Mya-Rose Craig)
(Photograph: Mya-Rose Craig)

The RSPB has promised to review its posters after a birdwatcher claimed its depiction of birds was sexist. 

Mya-Rose Craig, who goes under the name @BirdgirlUK on Twitter, brought the issue to the wildlife conservation charity’s attention on Friday after sharing an image from a bird-watching hide of a poster used to identify birds that visitors might spot. 

Craig pointed out that the poster showed the male of some of the featured species with the female variety depicted in a smaller image. 

The charity responded to the tweet by acknowledging it “must do better”.

In a follow-up tweet, Craig said the response to her attempt at using humour to highlight ingrained sexism in conversation made her realise that it was a much bigger issue than first thought.

She said: “When I posted this, it was to highlight the ingrained #sexism in #conservation by using humour. I should have expected the large number of responses from #sexistbirders, so now I see it as an important issue at the core of #birding that must be changed.”

An RSPB spokesperson said: “It is a fair point and we must do better. We’re pleased Mya brought this to our attention and will be reviewing these posters with our team internally.”

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