Cornwall Birds Student Award 2020/21


Birds in Cornwall Award for Student Research

in Memory of Vic Simpson (1941-2018)

Cornwall Birds (CBWPS) ‘Birds in Cornwall Award for Student Research’ aims to recognise and promote the contribution to the long history of Cornish ornithology by masters and final year undergraduate students. The award is given to the student judged to have produced the best ornithological dissertation based on research conducted in Cornwall.

Who qualifies?

Any full-time or part-time undergraduate or Masters’ student who writes a dissertation based on a study of birds in Cornwall.  The entrant does not necessarily have to attend an educational institution in the county but must have completed the field work for their dissertation in Cornwall and should be available to accept the award in person at the societies AGM (held usually in September) or Regional Conference (held every two or three years).

Who can nominate?

The student undertaking the work can self nominate, or their tutor (with the student’s agreement) can nominate.

How is it judged?

The CBWPS Board will select the study that they consider to be the best in furthering the knowledge and conservation of birds in Cornwall.  The Board’s decision is final.  The Society reserves the right not to make an award if it considers that there are no dissertations of the appropriate quality.

What do you win?

A cheque for £150 and an invitation to submit a paper, based on an edited version of their dissertation, for publication in the annual report, Birds in Cornwall and/or give a presentation at the regional conference.  Runner-ups will be encouraged to write a short summary of their work (max 100 words) for publication in Cornwall Birds’ quarterly publication ‘Palores’.

How do I enter?

Download the nomination form below and email it to us – with any attachments – by 31st July 2021


Nomination form (word doc): Cornwall Student award 2020-21

 Conditions of Entry

  • the entrant must have completed the fieldwork in Cornwall
  • the winner should be available to collect the award in person at Cornwall Birds’ AGM in September
  • all entries should be submitted by 31st July 2020 for consideration by the Board. Please return completed forms to


(Images; Great White Egret – D Parker, Purple Sandpipers – P Taylor, Blackcap – P Stidwell)