With all our outings and talks cancelled for the foreseeable future why not take part in this fun event from the safety of your own home. Open to everyone, wherever you are. This is an event in which all the family can take part and is a great opportunity to look at the birds around you, brush up on your bird identification skills and maybe learn to identify new ones. As well as having the honour and glory of being The Great Stay-At-Home Birdwatching Challenge Champion or Champions you might win a prize!
The idea is that each bird species seen and positively identified, in or from the home/garden, is recorded on the entry form, note book or sheet of paper.The entry with the most species at the end of the week wins.
The competition begins on Saturday next April 4th at 9am and runs until Saturday April 11th at 7pm. Email us your list of species seen (or a photo of your completed form) to firstname.lastname@example.org, closing date 7pm on Sunday April 12th. Also let us know if you are a member or non-member of BirdWatch Ireland.
Download your entry form here – The Great Stay-at-Home Birdwatching Challenge Sightings Recording Form
Download the Great Stay-at-Home BirdWatching Challenge Identification Poster Here: The Great Stay-at-Home BirdWatching Challenge Identification Poster
NOTE: If you cannot print off the form just use a sheet of paper or notebook and email us your list at the end of the competition.
RULES: 1. All species must be seen from your home or garden between 9am on the Saturday 4th April and 7pm on Saturday 11th April. 2.Hearing a bird does not count. 3. Sorry, domestic or pet birds such a Chickens or Ostriches don’t count. 4. The home with the highest species count at the end of the week wins. 5. In the event of a tie a winners name will be drawn from a hat. 6. The judging panel’s decision is final!
PRIZES: Cobh based wildlife expert and author Jim Wilson has kindly donated copies of his excellent bird guides as prizes, one for the children/family section and one for the adult section. Also for the first entry from a non-member of BirdWatch Ireland pulled out of a hat we have the following really super prize: A year’s subscription to Wings, BirdWatch Ireland’s membership magazine, and Bird Detectives, its children’s magazine”, along with a garden bird i.d. chart, a birdwatching pack and the chance to go to over 450 BirdWatch Ireland branch events nationwide over the course of the year (once the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, of course).