The Birdwatch Birders’ Choice Awards are now open for your votes – and there are some very difficult choices too.
Who will be Conservation Hero? Will it be Helen Glover and Steve Backshall who raised £300,000 for the World Land Trust (of which I am a trustee)? Or my friend Ruth Peacey who has supported the ‘ban driven grouse shooting’ campaign in many ways but is better known for her work on Malta with Chris Packham? Or perhaps another friend, Tim Appleton for a massive fundraising success of a Bird Fair over the years? Difficult choice indeed.
I like the Guano Award idea – but things don’t get easy here. Should it be Donald Trump (for so many reasons – but will he take any notice at all?), or the Maltese government (a good choice) or perhaps the Polish so-called environment minister who is allowing and encouraging parts of Bialowieza forest to be felled? Anybody got a three sided coin?
The Birding News category felt quite easy for me as I skipped the first three items (but have a look yourself) and alighted on the amazing news of the Pallid Harriers breeding in the Netherlands – that’s it I thought. And then I saw that the next item was the report on satellite-tagged Golden Eagles in Scotland that should have put to bed all the misinformation from the shooting industry about how these birds were killed by non-existent windfarms or bumped off by birders! It’s got to be the eagle story for me!
There are plenty of other categories too – and I hadn’t seen the giant bullfinch discovery on the Azores.