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Young Ornithologists of the Year, 1980

Judging of this annual competition, run by the YOG and sponsored by British Birds, has just taken place. Entrants had to maintain and submit a three-month record of the birds they observed in a defined area, provide a summary of these observations, and answer a quiz to test their ornithological knowledge. The winners and runners-up in the three age-groups were:Over 12 years 1st Carol Longton (14) of Leyland, Lancashire 2nd Sean O. Donnell (16) of Maidstone, Kent 3rd Nigel J. Willby (13) of New Eltham, London 10-12 years 1st Claire Dent (12) of Norwich, Norfolk 2nd Garth Ennis (10) of Holywood, Co. Down 3rd Sarah Davies (12) of Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire 9 years and under 1st Paul Chapman (9) of Carlisle, Cumbria 2nd Patrick C. W. Hawkesmith (9) of Cambridge 3rd Owen Leyshon (9) of Bridgend, Mid GlamorganThe judges, Dr J. T. R. Sharrock and Peter Holden, have commented that they hope that the high standard and number of entries will be maintained in future years. Notebooks that have clearly been written up immediately after each observation will always rate very highly, as will attempts to draw observed behaviour (even a bad original drawing is far preferable to a copied drawing)

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