Spurn Bird Observatory

Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder Of The Year 2017

06 May 2017

As part of the Spurn Bird Observatory 2017 Migration Festival, the observatory, the Next Generation Birders (NGB) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are once again running a competition to find the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of The Year.  The competition is named in honour of the late Martin Garner, one of Britain’s top birding experts, and a former Spurn Bird Observatory committee member.  This is the third year of this very prestigious contest, open to all young British birders.   

If you will be aged sixteen or under on Saturday 9 September 2017, and know the difference between a Meadow Pipit and Tree Pipit, and feel you can communicate this to someone else, you probably have what it takes to enter. Any young birder is eligible to apply 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.

The online questionnaire is the first part of the competition. Four entrants will be chosen to take part in the final that will be held on Saturday 9 September at the Spurn Migration Festival. During that day they will answer questions on bird identification and distribution and be observed doing a visible migration watch and a seawatch, two challenging types of birding.

Nick Whitehouse, Spurn Bird Observatory competition judge, said, “Spurn Bird Observatory wants to encourage young birders of real ability to develop their skills.  Just being able to take part in the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year competition will be great fun but also a real and fair test of field knowledge.  This is the third year of the competition and so far we have been privileged to meet some extremely talented young birders. Good luck to all the contestants – even if you don’t win you’ll be assured of a warm welcome from all the birders at Spurn.”

All four finalists will need to be available on Saturday 9 September 2017  for the final at Spurn Point, East Yorkshire, and will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry to the Migration Festival and a camping pitch will be provided free for the finalists.

The prizes last year included binoculars, field guides, free membership of Friends of Spurn and much more. 

Think you have what it takes? Enter today

Closing date for entries of the questionnaire 30 June 2017

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