Comiserations go to Jono and Sean, who must wonder how a bloke who hardly goes out into the field can upstage them with being awarded such a nationally prestigious award. Those envelopes stuffed with twenty pound notes that I leave for Neil in the Fisherman's Car Park at Holmethorpe may go some way to explain how these things work.
Now, can I make it a hat-trick? Can I emulate the great Bayern Munich side of the mid-1970s who won three European Cups on the bounce? Can I go for a double and bag 'Patch Birder of the Year' as well, seeing that I am getting out there again in 2015? Maybe I will need to replace those twenties with fifties for that scenario to come true..