Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder – it’s back!
08 Jun 2021 | No. 2021-25
After a year without this annual celebration of the skill and dedication of young birders from across the UK, Spurn Bird Observatory Trust and the BTO are once again welcoming all young birders to take part in the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder event. This Spurn Migration Festival (Migfest) tradition is named after the late Martin Garner, a knowledgeable, inspiring and encouraging birder who shared his expertise and passion for birds with so many, something this event aspires to do.
Join us! The online submission consists of questions covering your birding life and gives you a chance to showcase your passion for birds. The questionnaire covers things like how you record your day to day birding, what activities you are involved with, where you go birding and tales from your birding life, and then moves onto your birding knowledge and a couple of ID questions. The questionnaire needs to be submitted by the 4th July 2021 and can be accessed here, or by contacting sarah.harris [at] bto.org (Sarah Harris).
Notes for editors
Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder - the highly respected birder, ornithologist and author Martin Garner was a committee member at Spurn Bird Observatory until his untimely passing in 2016. More information can be found here.
Martin was keen to support young birders with real potential and agreed to give his name to a competition to be organised each year to find Britain’s best young birder.
BTO is the UK's leading bird research charity. A growing membership and up to 60,000 volunteer birdwatchers contribute to BTO's surveys, collecting information that underpins conservation action in the UK. BTO maintains a staff of 100 at its offices in Thetford, Stirling, Bangor (Wales) and Belfast (Northern Ireland), who analyse and publicise the results of surveys and projects. BTO's work is funded by BTO supporters, government, trusts, industry and conservation organisations. www.bto.org
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