Wild bird art competition for kids

Tuesday 2nd June 2020 12:00 pm
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Prizes for the Manx BirdLifeâ??s newly-launched summer art competition include a summer coastal birds chart and an illustrated, full colour RSPB guidebook to birds

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A summer art competition aims to inspire young people to find out more about wild bird life in the island.

Primary-aged pupils across the island are being invited to take part in Manx BirdLife’s competition, which encourages them draw, paint or create artwork that is based on their favourite birds they see.

As most young people have not been able to attend school in recent weeks, Manx BirdLife’s education officer, Michelle Storton, has been busy providing resources, challenges and activities that can be done at home.

In addition to this, the free-to-enter competition for those aged four to 11 has been made available.

Three entries from each year group will be awarded a summer coastal birds chart.

The best three entries overall will each receive an illustrated, full colour Royal Society for the Protection of Birds guidebook to birds.

As spokesman said: ’Manx BirdLife has noticed that during the period of coronavirus lockdown, many more people of all ages have taken a greater interest in the birds and other wildlife in their gardens and on their doorsteps.

’In particular, a great many young people - perhaps more than ever before - have been recording the bird life they see and reporting this to their teachers, home educators and to Manx BirdLife.’

Entries need to be submitted by post or email before the closing date of June 22.

For more details, search: www.manxbirdlife.im/competition, where you can print out the artboard provided or simply use your own piece of A4 paper or card.

Entries should be posted to Manx BirdLife Favourite Bird Competition, 35 New Road, Laxey, Isle of Man IM4 7BG.

You may also email a scan or photograph of your creation to [email protected]

Entrants must include their full name, school and teacher’s name as well year group and class number on the back of their submission or in your email.

Manx BirdLife is a conservation charity working to protect the island’s wild birds and the habitats on which they depend.

Since 1997, it has monitored the abundance and diversity of the island’s wild birds and the data is used to inform conservation action.

Its goal is to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy and cherish the island’s natural heritage.

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