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Thank you for visiting this page – it's great that you're interested in entering the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder 2019 competition!

To enter you need to answer some questions so we can find out about you and your birding but first, here's the dull bit about the rules and how the final works:

To be eligible for the award you need to be 16 or under on Saturday 7 September 2019. Entries must be submitted by midnight Sunday 7 July 2019. Previous winners are not eligible to enter for a second time.

Our judges will assess all entries and select up to six finalists. Only the judge organising the applications will know the names of the applicants, so final choices will be made anonymously by the remaining judges. If there are enough applicants under 14, awards and prizes will be given out in two age categories. The final will take place at the Spurn Migration Festival (MigFest) held at Spurn Bird Observatory 6–8 September 2019. Entrants must be available for the final on Saturday 7 September 2019 and for the presentations that evening. Finalists will receive a free ticket for food on Saturday evening (MigFest entry is free for under 18s).

Migration is a fantastic phenomenon! Finalists will visit four locations around the Spurn area where they will be met by a judge and introduced to the site. Each location will provide a different birding setting (farmland, estuary, sea and migrating overhead). At each location, the judge will ask the finalist to identify a number of birds, depending on the species present on the day. They will also be asked some supplementary questions about birds, such as migratory species likely to be found at Spurn in autumn. There will also be an indoor element to the day where a judge will use props to ask additional questions, for example relating to taxonomy or bird calls etc. The assessors are very friendly and finalists will also get lots of useful tips on bird identification and information on bird migration and Spurn. The whole assessment will be carried out on a one-to-one basis, switching from one judge to the next.

All finalists must be accompanied by a responsible adult to the final assessment briefing at the observatory at 10am on Saturday 7 September. Parents and guardians are encouraged to come along to these but must remain passive throughout. The assessment takes approximately 2–3 hours to complete and a free light buffet lunch is provided afterwards.

There are 25 questions to answer for your opportunity to become a finalist for our Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder 2019 award and win some great prizes too. Please complete this entry form by the 7 July 2019. Good luck!

View the questions before completing the entry form by downloading the PDF file of questions on the BTO website.

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* 1. Name

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* 2. Age and date of birth (entrants must be 16 or under on Saturday 7 September 2019)

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* 3. Contact Details

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