County bird race in Bray

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE AN­NUAL Wick­low County Bird Race will start at the car park by the Star Amuse­ments in Bray on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, at 7 p.m.

The race will fin­ish at 6.45 p.m. at The Bee­hive, off the N11 south of rath­new.

There will be teams of three to four peo­ple per car at €5 per per­son to cover costs. Pro­ceeds will go to BirdWatch Ire­land.

The ob­jec­tive is to record as many species as pos­si­ble in one day within the County Wick­low bound­aries.

In or­der to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants of all lev­els of skill and abil­ity to take part, teams will be al­lo­cated at their re­quest into ex­pe­ri­enced or be­gin­ners/im­provers groups.

CThere are prizes to be won for the teams in each cat­e­gory with the high­est num­ber of species recorded. Bird rac­ing is great craic and a good way to start off the new bird­ing year. Fur­ther­more, records from the day will be com­piled and en­tered into the BirdTrack data­base.

A species must be seen by at least three team mem­bers to count as one point. If at least three team mem­bers hear a species, it counts as half a point.

‘ There are a num­ber of other rules, but the most im­por­tant one is per­haps “the race is just a bit of fun and any­one tak­ing it se­ri­ously will be elim­i­nated!”.’

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