From December 2021 to April 2022 Birdingplaces and Leica organized a winter contest among birdwatchers. Any birder who added a birdwatching area to had a chance to win high quality Leica binoculars. More than 11.000 birders visited the action page and within four months more than 1000 new birdwatching areas in Europe were described on Birdingplaces.

Birdingplaces is made by and for birders and supported by Leica. On birders can find thousands of great places for birdwatching in Europe. With all the info they need to go birding in the area. Before the winter contest 3000 bird areas were shared and described on the map of Birdingplaces. But 1105 extra areas have been added during the period of the winter contest. Now more than 4000 bird areas are described in detail! An incredible increase and a valuable and free resource for birders all over Europe.

Winners in Spain, Italy and England

Three winners were drawn from the birders that added bird areas. A Leica Ultravid BR 10×25 binoculars was won by Tom Saunders from Exeter in England. A Leica Trinovid 10×42 HD binoculars was won by Francesco Bertani from Florence in Italy. And a Leica Noctivid 10×42 binoculars was won by Susana Noguera from Murcia in Spain.

The winners were very excited with winning their binoculars and all three of them couldn’t believe they had won:

Francesco Bertani: “Thanks immensely to Birdingplaces and Leica, for winning these magnificent Trinovid 10×42 HD binoculars. A new inseparable friend on my excursions. These binoculars are simply stunning, with magnificent sharpness and colors! A thousand thanks!”

Tom Saunders: “I added five areas to Birdingplaces, but I was totally amazed that I won. Great thanks! The Leica Ultravid BR 10×25 binoculars are absolutely brilliant, the clarity is amazing through them and they’re a perfect size.”

Susana Noguera: “What an enormous surprise that I won the fantastic Leica Noctivid 10×42 binoculars! I added 20 places to observe birds on Birdingplaces, but couldn’t believe I really won. The Leica Noctivid is visually ‘delicious’, the clarity and sharpness of the details are so amazing, just perfect for birding. Thank you so much and Leica!”

Check out, find great birding spots or add your favourite areas to the map! The idea behind is that birdwatchers help their fellow birders from other regions and countries, by sharing their favourite birding areas. With all the info they a birder needs to visit an area and enjoy the birding there. Our slogan is #EnjoyAndProtect!

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