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Calling All Young British Birders

…enter the prestigious Young Birder of The Year competition

Spurn Bird Observatory and the British Trust for Ornithology are calling for young birders to enter the prestigious Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of The Year competition

Young Birders

Spurn Bird Observatory and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) will again be running the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of The Year as part of this year’s Spurn Migration Festival (Migfest). The competition is named in honour of the late Martin Garner, one of Britain's top bird experts and a huge inspiration to birders of all ages, who was particularly welcoming to and supportive of young birders.

Any keen birder aged sixteen or under on Saturday 8 September 2018 who can confidently communicate their birding know-how to someone else should consider entering this prestigious contest! Entry is via an online questionnaire about your birding skills and experience.

The questionnaire is the first part of the competition. Six finalists will be invited to take part in a practical assessment on Saturday 8 September at Migfest 2018. During that day, finalists will answer questions on bird identification, status and distribution, and be given the chance to demonstrate their birding ability in the field in various activities, including a seawatch and observing waders on the Humber estuary.

Nick Moran, BTO competition assessor, said, "BTO and Spurn Bird Observatory share Martin’s vision for Migfest: a celebration of bird migration for everyone with an interest in birds, and a unique opportunity to forge new friendships and develop birding skills at one of the UK’s premier migration hotspots. As part of this increasingly popular event in the birding calendar, we encourage young birders to showcase their skills through the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year competition. The practical assessment is great fun, with plenty of migratory birds to see and hear, and provides a good test of field skills and knowledge. Finalist or not, all young birders can expect a warm welcome from everyone connected with Migfest…and some great birding, too!"

Finalists must be available on Saturday 8 September 2018 for the practical assessment at Spurn Point, East Yorkshire, and will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Prizes include binoculars, field guides, BTO and Friends of Spurn membership and much more. All finalists will receive a Saturday evening meal ticket and a camping pitch (entry to Migfest 2018 is free for all under 18s).

Entries via the online questionnaire close on at midnight on Monday 25 June 2018.

2nd May 2018