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Nature Diary competition

Inside a nature diary

Image: The RSPB

Keep a record of every fantastic wild thing you see, hear and touch this summer and then enter our nature diary competition.

You'd be amazed what you could find when you become a real nature detective, keeping a record of everything you've discovered.

Where?

You can do it in all sorts of places – at home, at your grandparents’, on holiday - anywhere really!

When?

Pick at least 10 different days to write about. Any 10 days will do - they don't have to follow each other, day after day.

What goes into a nature diary?

Well, you’ll need to write down what you have found. But you can also draw pictures, take photographs and stick things in you find, such as leaves and feathers (but no really smelly things please!).

Don’t worry if you think you can’t draw very well. Diaries are about what you see and feel, not what your drawings look like.

Here are a few things that every entry to your diary should have:

  • Date, including the year
  • Place
  • Time of day
  • Weather
  • Where you were
  • What wildlife you saw and how many of them

What could you win?

There are three age categories; Under 8 years of age, 8-12 years of age and 13 years of age and over. The overall winner of the competition will win a fantastic iPad, the two remaining age category winners will each receive an E-book reader. Two runners up in the under 8 years of age category will win a copy of the Miles Kelly Nature Detectives Handbook and two runners up in both the 8-12 and 13 years and over age categories will each win a copy of the Birds of Britain and Europe book by Rob Hume.

How to enter

You have until Friday 13 September 2013 to send us your entry to:

Nature Diary competition
RSPB Wildlife Explorers
The Lodge
Sandy
Bedfordshire
SG19 2DL

Remember to include your name, age and address.

We will tell the winners within 21 days of the closing date. If you would like your entry returned, please send us the correct postage and packing.