'Beach dudes with buckets, spades, and dogs' is how a female North Norfolk twitcher described potential visitors to new cafe facilities at Holme Dunes reserve in North Norfolk. She describes this news as both 'good and bad', good if it is full of birders, and bad if visited by people wanting to enjoy themselves on a day out.
I am a lifelong Birder (not a twitcher thankfully) and I think it is very important that we share our passion with anybody who wishes to learn, be they birders or not. The beach, dunes, woodlands, marshes etc, are not the sole domain of birders, it is there for all to enjoy. Some of those children playing on the beach with their buckets and spades may well be the future custodians of our countryside and as such should be encouraged to visit our wonderful natural heritage.
I say to those people who look down at non-birders, embrace and teach those willing to learn. Those who dismiss non-birders presence have no right to discourage, after all, how do you think residents and businesses feel when hoards of twitchers descend to see a bird and potentially disrupt peoples lives.