The twenty-sixth annual Michael Clegg Memorial Birdrace took place on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd January 2022 (teams chose which day to compete).
For the second year it was in effect a 'green' event with no vehicles allowed, teams covered their chosen site on foot or with peddle-power so there were no chances of spreading Covid in the close confines of a car. And again, all teams reported having a very enjoyable day in the field.
It was an incredibly mild start to the New Year with record-breaking high temperatures across the region. Most Sunday teams experienced rain at the start and end of the day and the Monday teams had a stronger wind to cope with.
Final scores have been submitted by twenty-nine (29) teams, although I know of other teams who signalled their intention to take part but sent in no scores!
York Upstarts (York) 97 species cycled & walked 32 miles
Yorkshire Terriers (York) 91 species
Hull Valley Hurriers 84 species cycled and walked 45 miles, all in wellies
Gooligans (Goole area) 74 species cycled and walked 41 miles
Kilnsea Nomads (Spurn area) 73 species) cycled and walked 15 miles
Acomb Bikers (York) 58 species
Scarborough Coasters 87 species 16 miles walked
LEOdiens (St, Aidens & Swillington) 82 species 14 miles walked
Old Moor-ons (Old Moor) 81 species 10.5 miles walked
Fairburn Birders 80 species 10 miles walked
Whelbirders (Wheldrake) 77 species 10 miles walked
Team Tophill (Tophill Low) 75 species 7 miles walked
Wintersett Try-ers (Wintersett) 74 species 22 kms walked
Derbyshire Trespassers (Sheffield) 72 species
Hornseameres (Hornsea) 70 species 13 miles walked
Seskumegas (South Kirkby area) 67 species 12 miles walked
Filey Originals (Filey) 67 species
Dalby Lowlisters (Scarborough) 66 species 12.5 miles walked
Lower Wharfe (York) 65 species
Touter-elles (St. Aidens & Swillington) 60 species 8 miles walked
Seaside Stroller (Easington) 59 species 6 miles walked
3 Ducks (St. Aidens) 58 species
Nostell No-hopers (Nostell) 57 species 8 miles walked
East York RSPB (Tophill Low) 57 species
Birdman & Robin (York) 56 species 9 miles walked
Pete & his Bedraggled Dog (Scarborough) 55 species 10 miles walked
Bempton-ites (Bempton) 52 species
Dringhouse Walkers (York) 43 species
Ulleskelf mires (York) 22 species
Apologies to any teams that took part and I haven't included, I can only use the information that I have.
A massive thank you to ALL who took part and to all sponsors.
We will be doing it all again next January!
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Posted: 10 January 2022
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