BTO gets funds boost to help young bird­ers

Bird Watching (UK) - - News -

THE BIRD PHO­TOG­RA­PHER of The Year (BPOTY) com­pe­ti­tion has given young bird­watch­ers a boost by hand­ing over a cheque of £5,505 to the Bri­tish Trust for Or­nithol­ogy (BTO). The cheque comes from en­try fees to the com­pe­ti­tion, which aims to pro­mote bird pho­tog­ra­phers, pro­vide a plat­form for high-qual­ity bird pho­tog­ra­phy and con­trib­ute to the vi­tal work of the BTO. BPOTY co-or­di­na­tor Rob Read (pic­tured right, with BTO CEO Andy Cle­ments) said: “It is fan­tas­tic to be able to give this money to the BTO. To know that the money raised will make a dif­fer­ence to young bird­watch­ers is very sat­is­fy­ing. There is still money com­ing in from the BPOTY book, which show­cases some of the best bird pho­tos I’ve ever seen. A per­cent­age of the sales pro­ceeds will also go to help up-and-com­ing young or­nithol­o­gists.” The BPOTY funds have al­ready helped BTO to or­gan­ise Bird­camp 2017, at which 35 young bird­watch­ers will take part in bird sur­vey­ing, nest record­ing, bird ring­ing, bird ID work­shops and much more. The BPOTY 2016 book is still avail­able to buy di­rectly from the BTO shop, but stocks are run­ning out fast! To buy your copy of the book visit: http://bit.ly/2mh8h6o

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