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Birdwatchers raise hundreds of pounds for Wildlife Trust

Friday 26th February

Birdwatchers raise hundreds of pounds for Wildlife Trust

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust today presented a special ‘Sponsored Birdwatch’ Trophy for the 1st time in over a decade.

The competition was a regular fundraiser for the charity down the years since its launch in 1989 but it had not been run since 2004 until it was re-launched last year.

The event, which sees small teams of birdwatchers travel across the county in an effort to record as many birds as they can over a 24 hour period, raised over £500 for the Trust in 2015 and the Wildlife Trust is already on the lookout for teams to enter this year.

The trophy, a splendid hand carved kingfisher, has been polished up and was presented to members of the latest winning team the 3J’s who scooped the trophy by raising the most money at £285. The team also recorded the most bird species in a 24 hour period with 114 different species.

Speaking about the event, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Down the years this event has raised thousands of pounds for the work of the Trust and we are delighted it has been brought back to life. In 2016 we’d like to see more teams taking part and as the trophy goes to the team that raises the most sponsorship, you don’t have to be a bird expert to enter.”

Participating teams can take part on any day in May and the Trust will supply tick lists of species you can see across the county and can even provide advice as to where to go to see particular species.

Erin continued “The event can be real fun so we’d urge people to get a team together whether family, friends or colleagues and then to enjoy looking for birds whilst raising money for wildlife conservation work here in Nottinghamshire.”

Anyone wishing to enter the 2016 event should call Mr McDaid on 0115 958 8242 or email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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