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Mind the Bird photo competition takes flight

London Underground & RSPB team up to urge Capital’s snappers to put birds in the frame
2nd April 2009: London Underground and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) launched a photo competition on 2 April to encourage Londoners to use the Tube to discover the Capital’s rich and varied bird life.

Forty two bird species have been recorded on London Underground property in recent years with an even greater number living in a surprising variety of habitats just a short stroll from the Tube.

The competition, which is open to everyone, runs until 31 May.

Birds should be snapped within a five minute walk of a Tube station with entries judged according to their relevance to the theme, originality and quality of the photography.

Marian Kelly, London Underground’s Environment Manager, said: “The Tube provides easy access to hundreds of green spaces across London although it’s clear that you don’t have to stray far from the transport network to discover a huge variety of bird life.

“At London Underground we value and protect the wide range of animals and birds that have made either the underground tunnels or our trackside land their home. We are delighted to be working with the RSPB to highlight the wildlife that is all around us.”

Tim Webb from the RSPB added: “We all rush around in our daily lives, rarely taking time to pause and admire what’s going on around us. Here’s the ideal excuse to lift your eyes and discover the wildlife that lives alongside us. Take a camera and share your wild bird moments with us for a chance to win a prize and, more importantly, to make a connection with nature.”

The competition will be judged by a panel which includes the Urban Birder, David Lindo, Nick White from the London Biodiversity Partnership and photographers working for both Transport for London and the RSPB.

Competition entrants can upload their photos at www.flickr.com/groups/LU-RSPB_MindtheBird stating where the picture was taken. There are separate categories for adults (18 and over) and children (under 18). Those taking part are free to submit as many photographs as they like, though only one prize is available per person.

Prizes include an annual pass to RSPB reserves, a family pass to the London Transport Museum, and bird-related goodies including books and bird feeders. Winners will be notified in July.

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