Children playing in grass. Visitors to Rye Meads RSPB reserve

WildVerse 2018

Be the voice of nature with our poetry competition and you could be in with the chance of having your poem read by Sophie Anderson on Fun Kids radio.

What to do

We’re giving you the chance to write a poem inspired by nature – it could be your favourite animal, bug, flower or special place. Let your imagination flow and write a poem as long or as short as you like – it doesn’t have to rhyme either. What are you waiting for! Go outside and get inspired by nature.

Bee on crocus

The Prizes

If you are lucky to be chosen, your poem will be published in one of our magazines and will also be read out by Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs, on Fun Kids radio between 26th and 30th November 2018. There will be one winner and three runners-up selected in each age category (7 years and under, 8-12 years old, 13- 18 years old). Every winner and runner-up will also receive a cool digital radio donated by our friends at VQ!

Pond-dipping at Vane Farm RSPB reserve

How to enter

If you would like to enter WildVerse, ask an adult (e.g. your mum or someone who looks after you) for permission and get them to send your entry to WildVerse, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, SG19 2DL or upload it on funkidslive.com/wildverse. Make sure your adult provides a signed statement that says the work is all yours and include your name, address and age on the entry. For more details, plus terms and conditions, visit rspb.org.uk/wildverse.

A boy with binoculars, Big Garden Birdwatch event, Cambridgeshire

WildVerse Rules, Terms and Conditions

Rules 

1. This competition is open to all UK residents under 18, except any employee of or person directly connected with the RSPB and their immediate family members. Proof of age may be required. 

2. Applicants under 18 must get consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before entering the competition.  The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of applicants under 18 agree to the Rules and Terms and Conditions on behalf of the applicants.

3. All applicants must be amateur writers.

4. The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

5. All entries must be submitted by uploading to www.funkidslive.com/wildverse  or posting your entry to WildVerse, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL. Entries must include name, age and address. Please refer to the competition page for further details at www.rspb.org.uk/wildverse.  

6. The RSPB must receive entries by 11.59pm on 19th October 2018. Any entry which is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the RSPB.

7. The RSPB accepts no responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or any other problem with any server, internet access system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost, corrupted or not properly registered or recorded. No responsibility will be taken for damaged or lost entries.

8. The judges shall assess the entries and one winner will be selected. The judges’ decisions shall be final. No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into.

9. Three winners shall receive a digital radio and have their poem read out on Fun Kids radio. Nine runners-up will also win a digital radio. The prize will be sent to the winner by post within 28 days of the winner responding to notification from the RSPB that they have won.  

10. The winner will be notified by email or telephone (using the details provided at entry) within 1 week of a decision being made and must provide a postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to the RSPB within 21 days of being notified by the RSPB, then they will forfeit their prize and a replacement winner will be selected from the other applicants.

11. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. 

12. The RSPB reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if necessary. 

13. The winner's name will be published on the competition website and in Wild Times, Bird Life or Wingbeat

14. Please note hard copy entries cannot be returned. Full copyright title remains with the author/owner of any entry. Please see the full Terms and Conditions below.

15. The RSPB reserves the right to refuse entry or to refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions or the spirit of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions.

Terms and Conditions

1. By submitting an entry, 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.

3. Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By submitting any entry to the RSPB (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio), you agree to grant the 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 an 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 on www.rspb.org.uk/wildverse

10. The RSPB takes your privacy very seriously; we will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of these Terms and Conditions and the RSPB’s Privacy Policy. By submitting an entry, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy. 

11. Any personal data submitted will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal data supplied may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for 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 warrant that all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent for their image, voice or other details to be 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.