Best of British at Birdfair 2012

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A MAJOR event which pulls in thousands of people is giving itself a British theme this year.

Birdfair 2012 from August 17 to 19 at Rutland Water Nature Reserve will celebrate the best this nation has to offer.

Birdfair organisers say there is something for everyone at the event.

Among the stalls and attractions this year will be British eco-holiday destinations, the most inspirational British wildlife charities and the most talented British wildlife artists and photographers.

Celebrities who are already confirmed for this year’s fair include Simon King, Mark Carwardine, Nick Baker, Mike Dilger, Johnny Kingdom, Dominic Couzens, Jonathan Scott and “Urban Birder” David Lindo.

Joint founder Tim Appleton, of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “This is in the second year of our three year programme to support international flyways and this year we will be concentrating on the Asiatic flyway from Asia to Australia.

“It will be a great fun weekend and there will be a lot of national celebrities there as usual.”

As always the lecture marquees will be packed with interesting presentations from all over the world.

On Friday , August 17, Bill Oddie and Stephen Moss will give a talk called “Unplucked” on Saturday evening Nigel Marven will be offering a world exclusive in his presentation “Wild Colombia and Untamed China”.

For the first time this year tickets are available to buy in advance to help visitors to avoid the crowds on the way in.

One day tickets are £12.50, a two-day pass is £22, and three days is £30.

RSPB and Wildlife Trust Members can get in for £10 on Sunday only.

Children under 16 can enter for free.

Mr Appleton said: “We are really excited for the 24th Birdfair. We hope for record numbers of people and record numbers of exhibitors.

“Thank you to local people for their support; from residents in Egleton to the whole of Rutland.”

To book and for more information visit www.birdfair.org.uk