Champions of the Flyway 24 hour Birdrace

Well the long-awaited day of the 24-hour birdrace for the Champions of the Flyway finally arrived. First there'd been the team member selection:

COTF Alan Davies

Our very own Alan Davies

Afron Williams

Arfon Williams

Marc Hughes

Marc Hughes

Robin Sandham

Robin Sandham

COTF Rob Jones

Rob Jones AKA Glam Birder!

Then the name selection, Leica Welsh Red Kites, followed by lots of fundraising, here at RSPB Conwy:

COTF team at RSPB Conwy

Then came lots of planning, don't be fooled by their relaxed appearance, these boys meant business!

COTF team ready to go

All this time, the fundraising continued and the total continued to increase until it reached well over £10,000. Amazing! And a huge thanks to everyone who generously donated money and prizes to reach thise incredible total for conservation.

COTF JustGiving Total

And afterall that preparation, came the BIG DAY! But that's a whole separate blog in its own right, so do check back for more!!

COTF view

Fast forward to the day after and the Awards Ceremony, and the atmosphere was tense as the winner for each category was announced. The Birding Ecotours World Youth Birders won Champions of the Flyway with a record score of 186 species, the Zeiss Yorkshire Terriers were named Guardians of the Flyway for being the team that raised the most money with over £20,000.

And then the winner of the Knights of the Flyway category for doing the most to enter into the spirit of whole Champions of the Flyway event by raising awareness internationally amongst over 1000 people using social media and more, was announced: our very own Leica Welsh Red Kites!

COTF Speech

Well done guys, Knights of the Flyway! Arise Sir Alan, Sir Arfon, Sir Marc, Sir Robin and Sir Rob, you did everyone proud!

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