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Birders' Choice Awards

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In association with The Birders Store

It’s time to consider the options and cast your vote in the annual Birders’ Choice Awards. Celebrate the best – and worst – in birding and conservation in the past year, and you could win a Kite Caiman 8x42 binocular worth £249. We present a shortlist of the best candidates in 10 categories, ranging from Conservation Hero of the Year and Guano Award for Environmental Harm to Rarity of the Year and Product of the Year. All you have to do is vote for your preferred choice in each category. 

It's certainly been an exciting year for nature conservation, with the kids showing the adults how it's done. Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion have been dominating the news headlines, while Twitter campaign #NetsDownForNature really showed that grassroots movements can make a difference. Usually the Trump administration would be a shoe-in for the Guano Award, but this year the US president faces some tough competition from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and France's ecological minister, Élisabeth Borne, among others.

From Shetland's Tengmalm's Owl to Cornwall's Brown Boobies, there were rarities up and down the country, while some truly innovative products and books had us all parting with our hard-earned cash.

Our special Local Hero of the Year award is one of our favourites. This is your chance to nominate someone you know who has made a real difference to birding or conservation in your local area. The winner will be the nomination that most impresses our editorial team, so do think carefully and provide as much detail as possible.

To take part in this year's survey, simply complete the form below. The awards are anonymous, but if you want to be entered into the prize draw, you will need to provide your email address so we can contact you if you win. Please note that your data will only be used for this purpose.

The winners will be announced in the January issue of Birdwatch (on sale 27 December).

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