Search on for young birder

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

As part of the Spurn Bird Ob­ser­va­tory 2017 Mi­gra­tion Fes­ti­val, the ob­ser­va­tory, Next Gen­er­a­tion Bird­ers (NGB) and the BTO are again run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to find the Mar­tin Gar­ner Spurn Young Birder of the Year. Named in honour of the late bird­ing ex­pert Mar­tin Gar­ner, and a for­mer Spurn Bird Ob­ser­va­tory com­mit­tee mem­ber, the pres­ti­gious con­test is open to all young Bri­tish bird­ers. If you will be aged 16 or un­der on 9 Sep­tem­ber 2017, you are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter by fill­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion ques­tion­naire on­line, an­swer­ing ques­tions such as whether or not you have a lo­cal patch, where you go bird­ing fur­ther afield and if you can tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween the songs of Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat. Four en­trants will be cho­sen to take part in the fi­nal on 9 Sep­tem­ber at the Spurn Mi­gra­tion Fes­ti­val. They will an­swer ques­tions on bird ID and dis­tri­bu­tion and will be ob­served do­ing a vis­i­ble mi­gra­tion watch and a seawatch. All four fi­nal­ists will need to be avail­able on 9 Sep­tem­ber, and will need to be ac­com­pa­nied by a re­spon­si­ble adult. En­try to the Mi­gra­tion Fes­ti­val and a camp­ing pitch will be pro­vided for fi­nal­ists. Prizes last year in­cluded binoc­u­lars, field guides, and more.

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