Village birdwatchers flying high

Chairman Mike Russell, Val Bentley, Will Green and Bryan Mitchie

Chairman Mike Russell, Val Bentley, Will Green and Bryan Mitchie

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HENFIELD Birdwatch has received a prestigious award from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Members of the group attended the event at the Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. Chairman Mike Russell, Val Bentley, Will Green and Bryan Michie were ‘delighted’ to accept the Marsh Local Ornithological Award and cheque for £1000 from the chairman of BTO, Professor Ian Newton.

The judging panel from BTO were impressed with how a group from a village of 5,500 inhabitants could produce a book of ‘such quality and involve so many people’.

Mr Russell said that they liked to involve ‘people who don’t normally participate in surveys’.

“We deliberately encourage those who feel they wouldn’t be able to take part because they weren’t experts - they are the very people we want to get involved. It’s a bird watching project for non-birdwatchers,” he said.

For more information contact Mike Russell on 01273 497561 or email mikerussell@sussexwt.org.uk.