In our Spring issue we launched a writing competition to celebrate the centenary of Sir Peter Scott’s birth. The task was, in no more that 100 words, to tell us about one of your experiences of great British wildlife. Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances we were not able to announce the winner in the September issue as noted but can reveal the winner of the competition is The Reverend Mary Warner of Sunderland.
She wins a three-night stay for two at the stunning Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire plus a VIP day at the WWT Slimbridge reserve founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1946.
And here is her winning entry:
On the evening of the first day I put an apple core on the veranda for the birds. A wood mouse appeared, all bat ears and auburn fur; a pretty little thing. Like Atlas holding the world she carried away the core and so began a daily ritual. Occasionally she would appear before the apple was finished. I wove a story about her, just as I imagined the robin sang for me every morning.
On the last day, as a treat, cheese was offered. Immediately it was stolen by the robin. Then I understood. This was not entertainment, but survival.