John White
by on April 28, 2020

There is a misconception that most birdwatchers are from the blue-rinse retiree section of society. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when you start digging around, we found that there is a huge diversity of young and old birdwatchers, from presidents and prime ministers to actors, musicians, scientists and royalty. I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty interesting list. 


Famous Birdwatching Politicians


Alec Douglas-Home: UK Prime Minister from October 1963 to October 1964. Source







Fidel Castro: Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba. Source






Franklin Roosevelt: 32nd U.S. President. Source







Harold Wilson: UK Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976. Source







Jimmy Carter: 39th U.S. President. Source







Laura Bush: First Lady of George W. Bush, 43rd U.S. President. Source







Theodore Roosevelt: 26th U.S. President. Source







Famous Birdwatching Authors, Poets & Writers


Agatha Christie: English author and playwright. Source







Andrew Motion: English poet, novelist, and biographer. Source







Ian Fleming: English author and creator of the James Bond spy novels. Source







Jonathan Franzen: American novelist and essayist. Source







Margaret Atwood: Canadian novelist and poet. Source







Rory McGrath: British comedian and writer. Source







Famous Birdwatching Actors/Actresses & TV Personalities


Alex Zane: English television presenter and DJ. Source







Alison Steadman: English actress. Source







Bill Bailey: English comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author. Source







Bill Oddie: Actor, author, comedian, television presenter. Source







Cameron Diaz: American actress and former model. Source







Daryl Hannah: American actress. Source







Eric Morecambe: English comedian. Source







James Moir (aka Vic Reeves): English comedian, artist, musician, actor and television presenter. Source






Joanna Lumley: English actress, voice-over artist, former-model and author. Source







Lili Taylor: American actress known for I Shot Andy Warhol. Source







Phil Liggett: English commentator and journalist who covers professional cycling. Source







Robert Picardo: Actor and singer known for Star Trek: Voyager and Stargate. Source







Sean Bean: English actor of stage and screen. Source







Sam West - English actor, theatre director and voice actor. Source







Trudie Goodwin: English actress. Source







Wes Craven: Horror film director of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series. Source







Famous Birdwatching Singers & Musicians


Damon Albarn: English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Source






Fyfe Dangerfield: English musician and songwriter, best known as the founding member of the indie rock band Guillemots. Source






Guy Garvey English singer and guitarist in the band Elbow, presenter for BBC 6 Music and A&R manager of Skinny Dog Records. Source






Jimi Goodwin: English bassist, vocalist and guitarist for Doves. Source







Jarvis Cocker: English musician, actor and presenter. Source







Mick Jagger: English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as lead vocalist and founding member of the Rolling Stones. Source






Paul McCartney: Singer with the Beatles, composer and renowned musician. Known for going birdwatching between gigs while on tour. Source






Van Morrison: Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. Source







Famous Birdwatching Artists, Photographers


David Bailey: English photographer, regarded as one of the nation's best. Source







Leonardo da Vinci: An Italian polymath of the Renaissance era. Despite only 15 of his paintings surviving, he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Source






Famous Birdwatching Royals


Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Source







Famous Birdwatching Scientists


Albert Einstein: German physicist who developed the general theory of relativity. Source







James Watson: Famous molecular biologist and geneticist that co-discoverer the structure of DNA. Source






Murray Gell-Mann: Leading Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Laureate in Physics. Source







Per Martin-Löf: Swedish mathematical scientist. Source







Richard Feynman: American theoretical physicist. Source







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Posted in: Birding, Society
7 people like this.
Jason Ward
Yet.. all on this list are white.
John White
Hi Jason, thanks for pointing that out, yes unfortunately I couldn't find any famous people of colour who are into birdwatching - I'm sure there must be some...let me know if you have any suggestions. In the meantime I'll do some more research :)
vimal thapa
Wow, great to know all these famous birders, thanks for sharing