This was a very popular and hotly contested errr...contest last year! Last years prize of a pair of Meopta and Forest Optic binoculars was awarded to Andy Johnson, well deserved for his Semipalmated plover, which beat an inland pied wheatear and a mourning dove into 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
This year we are delighted to announce that Forest Optic are involved again. The 2014 Best Find prize will be a pair of Bresser and Forest Optic binoculars - specifically the Bresser Montana 8.5 x 45s.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Bresser and Forest optic for their continued support of Patchwork Challenge - hopefully the running of another best find competition will go some way towards inspiring a shortlist of contenders as good as the one we drew up for the 2013 contest - a list that looked a lot rarer than we thought it would!
We are also delighted to announce that in addition to a prize for the best find, Bresser and Forest optic will also be donating £1 per species recorded in 2014 to the cause of our choice. Last year, this donation went to the BTO's out of africa appeal, and this year it will go to the BTO's new research project on house martins. Money well spent I'm sure you'll agree, and a very kind donation from those concerned.
You'll be able to keep tabs on what's going on with regards to the best finds by reading the monthly Bresser and Forest Optic best finds blogposts. Watch this space!