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  • New Babies, New Buildings, New Beginnings!

    We’re IN!!! Admittedly, we’re not completely sorted out yet, and there are some issues with communications still to be resolved, but we have desks and computers, and the last week has been a veritable storm of putting up shelves , unpacking boxes and finding a home for everything....when we’re not distracted by the view from the window, that is!

    This is the view from the yard:

    New office block – Richard Humpidge

    The Visitor Centre isn’t finished yet, and will need to be officially signed off before it can be opened to the public – we’ll let you know here and through Facebook and Twitter when that happens.

    Out on the reserve, spring is finally here! After the last week of glorious weather, Mosstown Marsh is in full bloom, with more marsh marigolds than we’ve ever seen, lots of ladies’ smock, ragged robin and the gorse is in blossom – the ponies seem to be enjoying the gorse flowers in particular. The lesser butterfly orchids will be coming up soon, so we’ve tried to exclude the ponies from the area in which they grow, to prevent them getting nibbled. The new boys in the Konik herd are definitely getting frisky – if they step up to the mark, there should be even more foals next year to add to this year’s recent arrivals; may I introduce (from left to right) Dustin, Damsel and Drift, the class of ‘16! Two fillies and one colt, born over the last four weeks, they bring our herd to a total of 33 animals.

    New Konik foals – Richard Humpidge

    Common cranes and snipe have been seen using the area. Cuckoos, wood sandpipers and a knot have been seen and we’ve also had reports of a long-eared owl over the summer path to Fen hide and a red-backed shrike on the airfield (although sadly not seen on the reserve!). We’re watching out for more waders, and for signs of new arrivals amongst the ducks – the mute swans outside Starnafin already have cygnets. The common terns are settling in nicely on Starnafin Island, and some of the black-headed gulls are on eggs.

    We’d like to welcome our new Assistant Warden, Amelie Sumpter, to the team; she’s already making her mark on the large amount of fencing we’ll be doing over this year, and is a dab hand with an electric drill, as can be seen by her work in the new office. Our interns for this year will be starting soon, having been put back a bit by the delays on the buildings – we’ll introduce everyone when they finally arrive.

  • Out of Communication!

    We're getting closer to moving office!

    Although this is exciting, it also means there will be a significant amount of disruption to our communications - the phone line will be moving before we do, and although we're shifting the answerphone with it, we may take slightly longer to get back to you as we'll be shifting a load of boxes and furniture.

    Our internet connection will be moving as well, and all the computer equipment needs to be shifted, so we may be unable to use email at times, although we may have some form of connectivity at times. We'll generally be picking up our email, Facebook and Twitter messages from home after work, so again, if we don't get straight back to you, please bear with us.

    We're not sure when things will be back to normal, but we'll endeavor to keep you informed!  Parking is likely to remain a problem, as the builders will still be on site, although moving across to overhaul the volunteer accommodation.

    Suddenly it all feels real!

    On the bird front, we've had quite a lot of sightings, including marsh harrier and short-eared owl. New birds are arriving all the time - sedge, willow and grasshopper warblers, whimbrel , common sandpiper, greenshank; little ringed plover was seen on 2 May, and the little gulls are back! A couple of smart male garganey were on the Starnafin pools yesterday.

  • Meadows Doric Poetry Competition - the important stuff - Rules, Terms & Conditions and Prizes

    Not heard about the Meadows Doric Poetry Competition yet? Click here for info.

    Competition rules:  

    1. This competition is open to all UK residents, except for any employee of or person directly connected with the RSPB or a Save Our Magnificent Meadows partner organisation and their immediate family members. 
    2. By entering the competition applicants or their parents/legal guardians agree to these Rules and the Terms and Conditions
    3. Applicants under 18 must get consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before entering the competition and by entering guarantee that such consent has been obtained. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of applicants under 18 agree to the Rules and Terms and Conditions on behalf of the applicants. Proof of age may be required.
    4. The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
    5. Applicants may enter the competition by emailing or sending a poem written in Doric to magnificentmeadows@rspb.org.uk or to Meadows Doric Poetry Competition, RSPB Scotland Loch of Strathbeg, Crimond, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire AB43 8QN. Each applicant may submit up to three poems and each poem must have a title. Poems are to be judged anonymously so the applicant’s name, address, or any other identifying details must not appear on the poem itself, although full details should accompany the poem separately.
    6. Poems must be the original work of the applicant and must not have been published or self-published (including on any website or social media site) or broadcast.
    7. The RSPB must receive entries by midnight on 30 May 2016. Any entry which is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the RSPB.
    8. The RSPB accepts no responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or any other problem with any server, internet access system, postal service or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost, corrupted or not properly registered, delivered or recorded.
    9. Please note no corrections can be made to poems after they have been entered and entries cannot be returned. Full copyright title remains with the author/owner of any entries. Please see the full Terms and Conditions at http://bit.ly/23I6arM.
    10. The judges shall assess the entries and a first, second and third place winner will be selected in each age category. The judge’s decision is final and neither they nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence regarding the results.
    11. The first, second and third place winners in each age category shall have the opportunity to perform their poem at the Meadows Celebration on 2 July 2016 at the Loch of Strathbeg.  First, second and third place winners in each age category will also receive a book of poetry – full details are available on the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg Blog [http://bit.ly/23I6arM].
      1. The winners will be notified in writing using the contact details provided at entry within 14 days of a decision being made and will be asked whether they will attend the Meadows Celebration Event. If a winner does not respond to the RSPB by 24 June 2016, then they will forfeit their place to perform at the Meadows Celebration and their poem may be read at the Meadows Celebration by someone else. If a winner does not respond to the RSPB within 30 days of being notified, then they will also forfeit their prize. There is no obligation for winners to attend or perform at the Meadows Celebration.
      2. The prizes are non-exchangeable, non-refundable and no cash alternative is offered.
      3. After prize winners have been notified, lists of the prize winners will be published on the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg Blog and RSPB Aberdeen and North East Scotland Facebook page.
      4. The RSPB reserves the right to refuse entry or to award a prize to anyone in breach of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions or the spirit of the Rules or Terms and Conditions.

     

    Terms and Conditions 

    1. By submitting your entry to the RSPB, you agree to be legally bound by the Rules and these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Any entry must be your original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights. In addition, all entries must be produced legally without trespassing on any land and no wildlife or habitats should be harmed, put at risk or unduly disturbed in the process of creating your entry.
    3. Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entries. By submitting any entry to the RSPB (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) you agree to grant RSPB a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable right and worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and exercise all publicity rights with respect to your entry, and/or to incorporate your entry in other works, in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your entry, and in accordance with privacy restrictions set out in the RSPB’s Privacy Policy.
    4. By submitting an entry, you agree to waive any moral rights contained in your entry. Any entry you provide shall be non-confidential.
    5. By submitting any entry, you agree the RSPB may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising and presentations.
    6. The RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or for any costs, claims or demands of any nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of the use of your entry or any part thereof.
    7. Insofar as is permitted by law, the RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize, except where it is caused by the negligence of the RSPB, its subsidiaries, agents or distributors or that of their employees.  Your statutory rights are not affected.
    8. You agree to indemnify the RSPB (and its subsidiaries) against any claim from any third party for any breach of the Rules or these Terms and Conditions.
    9. The RSPB reserves the right to update the Rules and these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published here on the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg Blog [http://bit.ly/23I6arM] or at rspb.org.uk/lochofstrathbeg.
    10. The RSPB take your privacy very seriously; we will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of RSPB’s Privacy Policy [see rspb.org.uk/help/privacy.aspx]. By submitting an entry, you acknowledge and agree that you have read and accept the terms of our Privacy Policy.
    11. All personal data provided will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal data supplied may be passed on to third parties only insofar as required for the fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize.
    12. The winner may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media. You agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose.
    13. For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting your entry you guarantee that any and all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent to be mentioned or their image used and in the case of vulnerable adults or persons under 18 years of age, you warrant that you have obtained express consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
    14. This competition is governed by English law and English Courts have exclusive jurisdiction.
    15. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (the 'RSPB') is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 207076 and in Scotland no. SC037654 whose registered address is at the Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL

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    Prizes

    There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in each category (see below for details) with winners having the opportunity to perform their poems and receive their prizes at the Meadows Celebration on 2 July 2016.

     

    11 and under

     1st Prize

    -  The RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry by Celia Warren                                    

    -  RSPB Singing Tawny Owl                                                                  

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection                                                                     

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark

    -  Certificate                                                                             

     

    2nd Prize

    -  100 Best poems for Children by Roger McGough and Sheila Moxley   

    -  RSPB small singing bird – tawny owl                                                              

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection                                                                     

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark

    -  Certificate                                                                                                     

     

    3rd Prize

    -  I Like This Poem by Kaye Webb and Antony Maitland                         

    -  RSPB baby owl bean buddy                                                                          

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection                                                                     

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark         

    -  Certificate                                                                                         

     

     

    12 - 18 years

    1st Prize

    -  The RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry by Celia Warren          

    -  DK Wildflowers (RSPB Pocket Nature)                                                                       

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection                                                         

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark

    -  Certificate                                                                                                     

     

    2nd Prize

    -  Favourite Flower Poems by The National Trust                                                                                    

    -  Scottish Wildflowers (mini guide) by Michael Scott                                                     

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection                                                                     

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark

    -  Certificate                                                                                                     

     

    3rd Prize

    -  Field Days: An Anthology of Poetry (Trees, Rivers & Fields) by Angela King and Susan Clifford

    -  Bloomsbury Concise Wildflower Guide           

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection         

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark

    -  Certificate                                                                                                     

     

     

    19 and over

    1st Prize

    -  The RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry by Celia Warren          

    -  DK Wildflowers (RSPB Pocket Nature)                                                           

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection                                                                     

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark

    -  Certificate                                                                                                     

     

    2nd Prize

    -  The Poetry of Birds by Simon Armitage and Tim Dee                                      

    -  Scottish Wildflowers (mini guide) by Michael Scott                                         

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection                                                         

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark

    -  Certificate                                                                                         

     

    3rd Prize

    -  The Rivers Voice: An Anthology of Poetry by Angela King and Susan Clifford                          

    -  Bloomsbury Concise Wildflower Guide                                               

    -  RSPB Native Wildflower seed collection                                                         

    -  RSPB puffin bookmark

    -  Certificate