I have a friend who spends a lot of time hitting a little white ball around large fields. He tells me the idea is get the little ball to go down a hole. As if that isn't weird enough, he does it eighteen times before he will take a rest - and in all weathers too.
Golf I think he calls it.
To me its madness but I know that other people's hobbies and pursuits always seem strange to someone who doesn't enjoy them so I make no negative comments.
The other things which strikes me about this "twitcher" comment in a botanical context is that it is rather too often made by people who long ago learned the botanical names of plants. Either they found it remarkable easy or more likely they've forgotten how tricky it was to go from the English names to the unpronounceable, impossible to spell, ever changing Latin based names. Doing a few years "twitching" with lists is an excellent way to become gradually familiar with both names and plants. You certainly can't do it quickly.
I rarely twitch these days but occasionally I go out with other botanists to some part of Cheshire with the County recorder and we shout out the names of the plants we see. He makes a list using a special twitching card supplied by BSBI with shorthand Latin names on it. We never spend much time studying the plants because the object is making the list. Sort of twitching gone mad really but I believe the lists can be quite useful for VC records and maps.
It takes all sorts.
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