County Bird Race on this week­end


Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THE an­nual Wick­low County Bird Race re­turns this Satur­day (Fe­bru­ary 17) with teams of three to four peo­ple tak­ing part.

The meet­ing point is for 7 a.m. at the south­ern end of Bray seafront prom­e­nade be­side the amuse­ments. The race will start at 7.15 a.m. once all the teams have reg­is­tered.

The race fin­ishes up at The Bee­hive, off the N11, at 6.45 p.m..

The aim of each team will be to record as many species as pos­si­ble in one day within the county bound­aries.

The rules state that the birds can be recorded in County Wick­low only. A species must be heard by at least three team mem­bers to score half a point and a species must be seen by at least three team mem­bers to count as one point.

Teams will be split into two groups: Cat­e­gory A is for ex­pe­ri­enced teams, while Cat­e­gory B is for be­gin­ners and im­provers.

Feral Pi­geon and the re-in­tro­duced pop­u­la­tion of Red Kite count but not es­capes, such as Black Swan, Bar-headed Goose, or feral and in­tro­duced species whose pop­u­la­tions are not yet self-sus­tain­ing, such as the Man­darin Duck.

Teams fin­ish­ing late will be docked points as ap­pro­pri­ate. Par­tic­i­pants will record birds on the score sheet and check­list pro­vided.

It will cost €5 per per­son to en­ter a car with three or four peo­ple. The fees cover the or­gan­i­sa­tional costs of the event, with the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Wick­low Branch of Bird­Watch Ire­land.

There are prizes to be won for the teams in each cat­e­gory with the high­est num­ber of species recorded and records from the day will be com­piled and en­tered into the BirdTrack data­base.

If peo­ple are look­ing to take part but are cur­rently with­out a team then they should reg­is­ter their in­ter­est on the Bird­Watch Ire­land 2018 Wick­low Bird Race Face­book event page.

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