Birders' Choice Awards


Launched in 2014, these annual awards are your chance to recognise the best – and worst – in birding and conservation. Thousands of readers and Facebook and Twitter fans from around the world take part, casting their votes to celebrate Conservation Hero of the Year, Campaign of the Year, Local Hero of the Year, Rarity of the Year and much more.

The winners of the 2017 awards were announced in the January 2018 issue of Birdwatch. The 2018 competition will be launched in the magazine's November issue.

In 2015 you voted for Chris Packham as your Conservation Hero for the second year running, while 2016's winner was conservationist and activist Mark Avery. The 2016 Local Hero was Andy Roadhouse, a poignant and much-deserved recognition of his many years of service at Spurn Bird Observatory, East Yorkshire.