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You now have six paragraphs in our Treasure Hunt. Read all the rules below and then watch out at the beginning of each month.

Paragraph 1 (January)
Having decided to run this amazing Treasure Hunt, Richard knew he would have to write a new paragraph to the story each month. As you know he is a bit old-fashioned and he couldn't decide whether to use his £150 40-year old fountain pen with the italic nib or a simple 30p pen bought from his local supermarket. Eventually he decided to use his computer to type the story out. Searching for ideas, he took such a long time he only just did it before the deadline. However it was so good, he decided that he would, henceforth, rush to do everything and wondered if this was how most artists worked.


Paragraph 2 (February)
Did those Bronze Age craftsmen wait till the end to make the clasp arrow-straight in a beautiful bracelet? What about the beautiful mosaic floor in a Roman villa? Was that done at the last moment? And did they do everything first time with no rehearsal needed? So many questions were spinning around Richard's head, he decided to go for a nice long walk to clear it. Luckily there was a wood near to where he lived and he could go for a gentle stroll among the trees, listening to the birds and looking out in case he caught sight of one of the many squirrels he knew were there.

Paragraph 3 (March)
Eventually he reached the small pond, surrounded by tall railings. He looked down into the beautiful calm water. He had brought his camera with him and he leaned over the railings to get a better view. Some leaves were lying on the water having blown down from the trees during the storm there had been the previous night. He caught sight of a rustling across the pond and realised it was a small snake. It looked harmless but could it be like a Cobra, venomous and lethal. He decided to move on and walked away from the pond and resumed his walk along the slightly muddy path.

Paragraph 4 (April)
He kept on walking for an hour or so and wondered how far he had actually come. Several months ago he had checked out the distance on his ordnance survey map and he knew it was a lot of miles. The number ten naggingly intruded into his thoughts but he was sure it was less that that. He knew at the end of the walk there were some ruins of an old building and sure enough the low, rendered bricks were there for him to step over as he walked into what once had probably been a home to a poor peasant, working the land and just, possibly, making a living and having enough food to feed his family.

Paragraph 5 (May)

Luckily it was a circular walk and he soon reached the entrance to the woods he had walked through about two hours ago. There was a bench nearby and he felt it to see if it was wet and then sat down on it. and quickly scanned through the photos he had taken. He remembered the time he had been in Queensland in Australia and taken a day trip from the small town of Yeppoon out to Great Keppel Island. When they arrived he and his partner had decided to take a trek inland rather than stay on the beautiful beach they had arrived at, which most of the other trippers had decided to do. As they trekked through the bush, a lizard scurried across the path in front of them. It was about two foot long and could have been a gecko or some other lizard.

Paragraph 6 (June)

That was the day they discovered a beach, probably over 3 miles long, with pristine sand and no one, no one, else in sight. They were the only two there. This was a place to relax. In the far distance they spotted another human, walking across the beach. They lay on the sand as the figure grew larger. He walked over to them and exchanged a few words. He said he was photographer, looking for wild life and they told him about the lizard they had seen. He was carrying his photography kit, easily, on his back. He said his food was in there too so it was also his tucker bag. After he'd gone, they made their way to the boat for the journey back to Yeppoon. They went a different way, got lost and found themselves walking down the only airfield on the island. They nearly got hit by a light aircraft which was landing, more volplaning down, as the pilot had decided to shut off the engine.

FORMAT
On this page, on the first Friday of each month, until July 1st, we will upload a paragraph to an on-going story. Hidden within each paragraph will be the names of two breeds of birds taken from Owlbut's Birdwatch section on each of the English Counties page. The name may be hidden within a word or as part of two connecting words. Furthermore the letters may go forwards or backwards (see examples below).

NOTE
You are only looking for the breed of bird not the type. By this we mean that with a Collared Dove, you would only be looking for the word "dove".

CONCLUSION
After the final paragraph has been uploaded you will have a list of 14 breeds of bird. The breed you need to find and send to us is among those fourteen. At the foot of the final paragraph will be one more clue to guide you to the breed we want, the "treasure".

EXAMPLES
If the breed of bird was a "red" (there is no such breed to my knowledge), the word red could appear as mature daffodil, credentials, bad error or orderly.

Rules:
Rules

ēOpen to anyone living in, or planning to visit, the UK
ēIf you are under 18 years of age, you must have permission from your parent or guardian to enter.


Prize:
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There will be 3 winners! Each will receive a two-year family membership to both the National Trust and English Heritage. The memberships will start on January 1st 2023.


How to enter:

Email Send us an email with the correct answer to treasurehunt@owlbut.co.uk and donít forget to include your name and your grown upís contact details.

The deadline for your emails is September 30th 2022.

If more than 3 people get the correct breed, a draw will be made to select the winners. The draw will be videoed and uploaded here.

We plan to have another treasure hunt beginning in September 2022.
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