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RSPB says it must do better over "sexist" poster

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Twitcher took to Twitter to highlight anomaly

A birdwatcher has caused a sexism storm at a leading conservation charity after spotting female birds in a poster were smaller than males.

Bird-enthusiast Mya-Rose Craig, pointed out to the RSPB an image from a bird-watching hide of a poster showing females in the background of males, effectively making them appear smaller.

The charity responded on Twitter by saying it “must do better”.

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.”