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2015 Wicklow County Bird Race

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2015 Wicklow County Bird Race

Annual Wicklow County Bird Race

Date: Sunday 8th February 2015
Meet: car park at the southern end of Bray seafront promenade (by the amusements)
Time: 07:30 (for team registration)
Race Start: 07:45 (sharp)
Race Finish: 18:30 (The Beehive Inn, on the N11 south of Rathnew)

Teams of 3-4 people per car at 5 per person.

Objective: To recorded as many species as possible in one day within the Wicklow County boundaries.

In order to encourage participants of all levels of skill and ability to take part, teams will be allocated at their request into one of two groups:
Category A (i.e. teams which typically record 80 or more species)
Category B (i.e. teams which typically record up to a max. of 80 species)

There are prizes for teams in each category with the highest number of species recorded. Bird racing is simply great craic and a good way to start off the new birding year. Furthermore, records from the day will be compiled and entered into BirdTrack.

Rules:
1. Birds recorded in Co. Wicklow only.
2. Each species seen scores one point.
3. Each species heard only scores half a point (mark with 'H' on the score sheet).
4. A species must be seen by at least 3 team members to count as one point.
5. A species must be heard by at least 3 team members to count as half a point.
6. Feral Pigeon counts but not escapes (Black Swan, Bar-headed Goose etc.) or those feral/re-introduced species whose populations are not self-sustaining yet (Mandarin Duck, Red Kite etc.).
7. Teams finishing late will be docked points as appropriate!
8. Record birds on the score sheet & tick the provided check-list as a cross-check.
9. The race is just a bit of fun and anyone taking it seriously will be eliminated!

To give an idea of what species are likely to be seen on the day, please check out previous Wicklow County Bird Race sightings round-ups...

2014 race report: http://www.southdublinbirds.com/nima..._BIRD_RACE.pdf

2013 race report: http://www.southdublinbirds.com/nima..._BIRD_RACE.pdf

Good birding!
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