Record number of entries for Swedish birdhouse championship

Published 17 March 2024
- By Editorial Staff
A record 91 schools in 65 municipalities are participating in the competition.

Sweden’s schoolchildren have entered 850 birdhouses in this year’s edition of the Swedish Birdhouse Championships. The finalists will be presented at Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm on March 19.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen) holds the competition every year to encourage school classes to build birdhouses. The reason for this is that high-intensity forestry has depleted the deciduous forests, old trees and dead wood on which many bird species depend for nesting, which in turn means that there is a shortage of housing for the country’s birds.

This year, 850 birdhouses were entered from 91 schools in 65 communities. This is a record number of entries since the competition began 16 years ago, and there are also 35 more schools participating than last year.

– The entries have been pouring in this year. It is great to see that more and more students and schools are getting involved with the housing shortage in the forest, said Beatrice Rindevall, chair of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, in a press release.

The jury will select 15 finalists in three age categories: pre-school – grade 3, grade 4-6, and grade 7 – high school. These will be presented at the Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm on March 19. Individuals can then vote digitally for their favorite entries until April 7. The three winning classes will then be presented on April 10.

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