Young birders sought for competition

Will you be under 16 on September 10th this year? Think you can tell a Marsh Tit from a Willow Tit, and have the ability to communicate this knowledge to someone else? Then you may have just what it takes to be Spurn Bird Observatory’s Young Birder of the Year. The competition, part of Spurn Bird Observatory Trust’s 2016 Migration Festival is being run by SBOT, Next Generation Birders and the BTO.

To begin the process, young birders will need to fill in the competition questionnaire here to answer 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 the Whitethroat and the Lesser Whitethroat.

From this, four entrants will be chosen to take part in the final at the Spurn Migration Festival. There they will answer questions on bird ID and distribution, and take part in a visible migration watch and a seawatch. Last year’s winner Findlay Wilde called the event a “great opportunity” for all young birders, while organiser Nick Whitehouse said that the competition was a good way to “encourage young birders of real ability to develop their skills”.

Take the questionnaire.