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If you managed to find all the words hidden in the 7 paragraphs below, you should now have the names of fourteen different bird species. Two have three– lettered names, five have four–lettered names, three have five and three have six while one answer has seven letters.

We now have one more clue to help you find the final species. From the three–lettered words take the letter which appears twice. From the four–lettered words take the letter which appears at the beginning of one word and the end of another. From the five–lettered words take the letter which begins two words. From the six–lettered words take the third letter as long as it is a vowel and from the seven–lettered word take the first letter.

You now have five letters, Re–arrange them into the name of one more species of bird then follow the instructions below to be eligible for the prize. Good luck.

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.

Paragraph 7 (July)

That thought brought Richard out of his dream and back to the present day. He started to think about his latest planned journey, one more go round his own country of England. Surely this would be his last chance, his swansong at having to live out of a suitcase, never having a real home for a while but, far outweighing any of that, to be able to see so many new sights, learn so many new things and, once again, share these with others who were maybe not so lucky to travel or to inspire those who were too young to try something like that once they were old enough. As if on cue, his little friend Owlbut flew out of the trees and perched on the bench next to him. Ah, this was the life.

You now have all the clues in our Treasure Hunt. You should have found, hidden within each paragraph the names of two breeds of birds taken from Owlbut's Birdwatch section on each of the English Counties page. The name could be hidden within a word or as part of two connecting words. Furthermore the letters may go forwards or backwards (see examples below).

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".

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.


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.

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 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 October 2022.