I am delighted to be taking part in the Champions of the Flyway bird race in Israel, which is being staged by The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (BirdLife’s national partner in Israel) and is a BirdLife International Migratory Birds & Flyways Programme initiative. The race will take place on April 1st 2014, starting and ending in Eilat. In the course of just 24 hours, a number of international teams will compete to see the highest number of bird species in southern Israel. This is not just a bird race, but a massive fundraising campaign to support conservation work and, while the race will be fun, the goal is serious – to raise funds to help BirdLife International tackle the illegal killing of birds in southern and eastern Europe.
I am a member of the Birdwatch-BirdGuides Roadrunners team and we are looking for sponsors/donors to support our fundraising efforts. Our team’s target is to raise £5000. If you care about the perils which are faced by ‘our’ birds as they migrate to and from the UK and elsewhere in northern Europe then please consider visiting our donation page and pledging even a small amount. Many thanks for your kind support!