The British Birdwatching Fair is the world's first and largest international birdwatching event. We will again be present at the Birdfair 2009 (Rutland Water). As usual we will be in attendance on the Andalucia stand. It is exciting for us to once again be attending the largest and best bird fair in the world. We are really looking forward to seeing many of our old friends, plus of course making new ones and hope you can make it to Rutland (Marquee 4, Stand numbers 8/9/10 August 20th, 21st and 22nd). If you need information on our day tours or full tours to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos, Kenya, India or Morocco then Peter Jones, our senior guide, will be there to field any questions or queries….
THE BRITISH BIRDWATCHING FAIR IS THE WORLD'S FIRST AND LARGEST INTERNATIONAL BIRDWATCHING EVENT
We will again be present at the Birdfair 2009 (Rutland Water). As usual we will be in attendance on the Andalucia stand. It is exciting for us to once again be attending the largest and best bird fair in the world. We are really looking forward to seeing many of our old friends, plus of course making new ones and hope you can make it to Rutland (Marquee 4, Stand numbers 8/9/10 August 20th, 21st and 22nd). If you need information on our day tours, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos, Kenya, India or Morocco then Peter Jones will be there to field any questions or queries….
Described as the birdwatcher's Glastonbury, Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you're into birds and wildlife. There are hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts. You'll find everything, from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, books, eGuides to eco-holidays!
Every day offers a packed programme of events. Three separate timetables boast a fantastic variety of lectures. The Events Marquee hosts quiz shows, question and answer sessions, exclusive book launches and family-based entertainment. The Birdfair Auction offers you the chance to bid for a whole host of lots, donated by exhibitors, ranging from holidays, to artwork, to unique one-off experiences, with all the monies raised going directly to this year's Birdfair project.
For further information follow this link: http://www.birdfair.org.uk/
Organiser and friend Tim Appleton explains the 'Projects'
Every year we choose an international conservation issue to support. The projects are suggested to us and managed through the BirdLife International partnership. The support from the Birdfair has enabled BirdLife to make some remarkable conservation achievements, including the creation of several new national parks. We've helped birds under real threat of extinction, from albatrosses to white-winged guans.
The 2008 Birdfair raised a record £265,000 to support BirdLife's work in saving critically endangered birds around the world. This takes the total raised, to date, to over £2,000,000! Such funds are raised in various ways, including sponsorship, exhibitors fees, merchandising, and fantastic volunteer help. Two-thirds of the money raised comes from visitors' entrance fees. As in all previous years, we guarantee that every penny of the £10 entrance fee goes to the BirdLife projects. Here are the details of just some of those projects, starting from 1992, all the way to present day.
Preventing Extinctions: Saving the World's Critically Endangered Birds
Currently 189 bird species are Critically Endangered (CR) - on the brink of extinction. Sadly, many CR species have severely restricted ranges and some have global populations below 50 individuals.
BirdLife International has identified the required actions to protect these species but needs to provide the BirdLife Partners with greater financial resources and technical support to ensure that these CR species do not follow the Dodo or Passenger Pigeon into extinction.
Because this is such an important initiative the British Birdwatching Fair has agreed to support it for three years, in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The money raised will be used to support the 'Species Guardians' and 'Species Champions' initiative, with the aim of seeing many birds come off the Critically Endangered list and have a more secure future.
'Species Guardians' will be individuals or institutions committed to doing everything in their power to protect ‘their’ species.
'Species Champions' will be individuals, companies or institutions willing to make a regular donation to provide the funds required by the 'Species Guardians' and will have the benefit of knowing that their donations are helping to protect some of the world’s most threatened species.
The 2009 Birdfair will be focusing on 'Lost & Found' species including the 'lost' Dodo and the 'found' Cebu Flowerpecker.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper is frighteningly close to extinction (John O`Sullivan/RSPB)The 2008 Birdfair supported a suite of species including Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius, Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus, Dwarf Olive Ibis Bostrychia bocagei, Azores Bullfinch Pyrrhula murina, Tuamotu Kingfisher Todiramphus gambieri and Araripe Manakin Antilophia bokermanni by profiling them in the hope that many new Species Champions will step forward to provide further vital funding.
The 2008 Birdfair raised a record-breaking £265,000!
We hope you can attend the Birdfair and look forward to welcoming you on the Andalucia stand Marquee 4, Stand numbers 8/9/10.