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Wildlife group looks to build birdwatch fundraiser after successful re-launch.

Wednesday 20th April

Wildlife group looks to build birdwatch fundraiser after successful re-launch.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest locally based wildlife charity, has today issued a call for teams to enter its traditional Sponsored Birdwatch fundraising event.

The event, which was re-launched last year after a gap of more than a decade, has raised thousands of pounds to support the charity’s work across Nottinghamshire over the years and provides participants with an opportunity to raise funds whilst enjoying the county’s wildlife.

Teams of three or four people set out to record as many bird species as possible within a 24 hour period and prizes are awarded for the team that records the most species and the team that raises the most money.

Teams can take part on any day in May and the Wildlife Trust can provide advice as to where to go to get the best chance of seeing a wide range of species.

Both prizes in last year’s Sponsored Birdwatch, including the splendid carved Kingfisher Trophy were won by the same team (pictured) thanks to a bird list containing 114 different species and a sponsorship total of £285.

Speaking about the event, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Over the years this event has raised thousands of pounds for our work and we brought it back last year as it gives people a chance to raise funds whilst highlighting the great diversity of bird species we have in our county. 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 supplies a ‘tick list’ of likely bird species as well as sponsorship forms and background information.

Mr McDaid added.  “The Sponsored Birdwatch can be real fun so we are encouraging people to get together with friends, family or colleagues to take part. As it is held in May, participants have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing experience of a crescendo of bird song at dawn and the opportunity to see and hear a wider range of bird species that come to the UK to breed each summer.”

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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