And the winner is….

Well, we’re finally here. This is when I announce the results of the first naturebites birdrace!

Before you go any further check out all the species seen .

I’m going to list the runners-up in order of their participation, ending with the highest number of species seen in one county in six hours – the winners!

Before I do, I’d just like to reiterate that more importantly than seeing the most bird species was everybody’s passion and effort. We all love wildlife and had a great day watching it. That’s a result 🙂

The team in East Yorkshire consisted of Natalie and Adam; they saw a grand total of 71 species. I had a text from Natalie in the middle of her race simply saying “Lifeeeeer!” – her first Red-necked Grebe.

The ‘Shropshire Starlings’, Pat, Enid and Ken managed a fantastic 62 birds. A write-up of their efforts is to follow.

Cal and Gareth set the standard on Anglesey with a huge 82 in the miserable weather. I was flabbergasted.

June and John took advantage of their local bus service in the West Midlands to tally up 27 birds, including three ‘lifers’ for June!

‘Not your average birders’, Josie and Chris, had their usual day out birding in Hampshire but decided to count the species in… 41.

Paul and co. wowed Hampshire when they raced their way to 89 birds.

Ken, Charlie, Malc and Fred slogged their way to an impressive 79 in the snow in Leicestershire and Rutland (they’d also like me to tell you that they heard a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker).

Stuart surveyed the isle of Benbecula and counted 46 types of bird.

Marc, Tony, Iwan (with Marc’s wife for a couple of hours) took to the coast of Conwy with a score of 82.

Richard and Kathryn put the rest of us Anglesey lot to shame by doing their race on foot and getting 70 species.

David and Jayne stumbled upon 87 birds around Anglesey, plus they heard a treecreeper.

Wynn and Peter did themselves proud with 52 birds in just one corner of the island (Anglesey).

Ben went it alone, which I think deserves some extra credit when I tell you he managed 83!

My team, with my Dad, Ken and Dave got more than I ever dreamt with 92 (although I did dream about a Rubythroat and that didn’t make an appearance!).

Steve, Tony and Si also matched our 92 on Anglesey, choosing the first half of the day as opposed to our latter half.

Dan, Nigel and Eddie won the North Wales section with a whopping 98 birds in Gwynedd.

As me might have expected, that brings us to a battle for first place from the two teams that did their race in Norfolk!

Close runners-up were Ruth and Alan (world record holders for the most bird species seen in one year) with a perfect 100.

***The winner with an outstanding 108 species, apparently mostly from the car, is Neil!*** Well done Neil!! Neil wrote the guide ‘Best birdwatching sites in Norfolk’ so it’s a good job he won I’d say!

A fantastic achievement by all! Thank you to each and every one of you!

Do not fear, this is not the end…there are prizes to be won and you get to do the awarding!

My next blog will include any write-ups I’ve received from you guys about your days out on the race, from these I will ask for you to vote for ‘best race’. If you haven’t sent me in a write-up or any anecdotes it’s not too late to do so! Then after enjoying the story of the other teams’ races you can also vote for the ‘best bird’ seen.

The prize for ‘best bird’ has kindly been donated by Ruth and Alan of ‘Biggest Twitch’ fame and the prize for best race has been generously donated by Neil Glenn, the dastardly winner! My Dad also chipped in to present our North Wales winners with a prize in the hope that together we’d be able to raise a little money for environmental conservation charities. At the after-race gathering on Sunday I put out a collection box for the RSPB, so thank you to anybody that chipped in. If you weren’t able to add to that collection then I’m asking that as a voluntary bird race entrance fee you put a donation in next time you visit a reserve of your choice or when you see a collection box for an environmental charity of your choice… A small contribution to help support those birdies that we enjoy watching so much 🙂

Thanks again for making the bird race so special,

Kathy xxx

About nature.bites.admin

Kathy is a wildlife enthusiast who loves nothing more than to inspire people about nature. She is the Trust Development Officer for the West Wales Rivers Trust, a researcher at Aden Productions and offers guided wildlife tours on Anglesey with the amazing Ken Croft. Outside of work, Kathy arranges Anglesey Marine Week in order to promote engagement in conservation. Please see the 'Wildlife Tours' page of the website for more details of how to join a tour.

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