22 January, 2020
Call for poetry inspired by Tentsmuir nature reserve
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is calling on poets to show their love of nature by writing verses inspired by Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve.
The Coast Lines of Tentsmuir contest is looking for poems inspired by Tentsmuir’s coastline, with categories for 8-15 year olds and those above 16. The contest is part of the celebrations for the Year of Coast and Waters 2020.
The landscape at Tentsmuir changes constantly. The reserve has the full spectrum of coastal habitats – from constantly moving sand at the edge of the sea to the colourful dune heathland. Seals haul themselves out of the water to watch the world go by, and hungry birds feed on the rich mix of food in the mudflats. Inland is the hidden gem of Morton Loch, a mosaic of wetland and woodland.
Winners will have the chance to read their poems at the StAnza Poetry Festival in St Andrews on 4 March, and see their work displayed at the nature reserve and published on SNH’s website and social media.
Tom Cunningham, Tentsmuir’s reserve manager, said:
“There’s so much to be inspired by at Tentsmuir, especially during the Year of Coasts and Waters. There are all kinds of marine wildlife and seabirds, as well as stunning beaches, and the beautiful Morton Lochs. We’re encouraging everyone to explore this wonderful reserve – and be inspired!”
Entries should be emailed to Molly.Aldam@nature.scot, stating which age category is being entered. The deadline for entries is Sunday, 23 February. For more contest details, see https://bit.ly/2G6Azsb .
The contest is one of several special SNH events and projects to celebrate Scotland’s coasts and waters and their wildlife and raise awareness of the importance of healthy oceans.
- NatureScot Media
Notes to editors
There are 43 national nature reserves in Scotland. The reserves are Scotland’s natural crown jewels, showcasing the best of Scottish nature. They are special places, and they provide unique opportunities to visit, enjoy and learn more about Scotland’s nature. For more information, see www.nnr-scotland.org.uk.
For more information on the StAnza Poetry Festival, see http://www.stanzapoetry.org/festival/events/coastlines-sea-poetry-tentsmuir
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