The winner has been chosen. We would like to thank Keith Hill for submitting his poem about the “incognito bird”. You can read his poem here:

You were clinging to a scabious

Like a gymnast on a bar.

Bringing life to the herbaceous border,

But I don’t know who you are.

A breast of primrose yellow,

A subtle shade, not bright.

Dun feathers clothing wings and back,

Small beak, eyes dark as night.

I searched for you on Google,

Asked online and looked in books.

A pipit’s close but not quite right,

Lacking the refinement of your looks.


So you’ll remain a mystery,

Anonymous, unknown.

A beautiful incognito bird

Always welcome at my home.


We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all other entrants. There are some outstanding poems and we’ve enjoyed reading them all.

Welcome to the first GardenBird poetry competition. The aim for you is to write us a poem about your favourite garden bird by describing it in abstract or real terms. Take inspiration from our favourite Tennyson poem about an eagle:

He clasped the crag with crooked hands;

close to the sun in lonely lands,

Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.


The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;

He watched from his mountain walls,

And like a thunderbolt he falls.

So, to thine own self be true, please submit your poem in the comments section below to be in with a chance of winning a 25kg bag of Ultiva Gold worth £48.49.

This competition ends on 31st August 2016 at midnight. Entrants must reside within the UK and be 18 or over. Any submission after 31st August will not be counted as part of the competition.