CHOG Young Birder 2017 Competition
Photo – Steve Hogan
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Dorset Hampshire and Isle of Wight Young Birder Competition 2017, organised and hosted by the Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group.
To be eligible for the competition you need to be:
- Between 11 and 16 on Saturday 26th August 2017
- Either live in, or have connections* with Dorset, Hampshire or the Isle of Wight
- Be available to take part in the final on Saturday 26th August 2017
*Connections may be: previously having lived in the areas or frequently visiting the areas, for example to see relatives or on holiday.
To enter, all you need to do is register your interest by emailing youngbirder@CHOG.org.uk. Please copy your parent or guardian to the email address. You will be sent a set of questions to complete and return to us which will be marked by our team of assessors. CHOG will respond to everyone that enters and you will receive a response from us no later than Friday 28th July.
Entries must be submitted by midnight on Friday 30th June 2017.
The Judging Process
Our team of judges will assess all entries and select four finalists. The finalists will be determined based on the highest scoring entries.
Everyone who enters will receive an email response with feedback about their entry.
Finalists will be invited to attend a finals day at Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch, Dorset (Grid reference SZ 166 922) on Saturday 26th August. Please check you are available on this date.
Our Finals Day will begin at 08.30am. Our finalists will work with a dedicated assessor and be asked to:
- identify and answer questions about number of birds in a variety of settings (marshes, estuary, woodland, reed beds etc), depending on which species are around on the day.
- answer questions about a bird in the hand and bird sounds during a short theory session.
Throughout the event, finalists will be offered lots of useful tips on bird identification and helpful information on bird migration by assessors. The winners will be the highest scoring participants on the day.
All finalists must be accompanied by a responsible adult at the Finals Day at Stanpit Visitor Centre. The day will begin with a welcome in the Stanpit Pod at 08:30 on the morning of Saturday 26th August. The responsible adult may then accompany the finalist during the assessment and must remain passive throughout. The assessment will approximately 2-3 hours to complete and a light buffet will be provided afterwards for all participants and their familes.
Prizes will be awarded on the day and all finalists will be given free family CHOG membership running until the end of 2018. We would like to thank Sound Approach and William Collins for donating prizes in support of our competition.