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Global Bird Weekend takes place this weekend, the brainchild of co-founder of Rutland Water's Birdfair




Birders will come together for the first Global Bird Weekend - the brainchild of Tim Appleton.

The event this weekend - October 17 and 18 - aims to bring more than 25,000 birders together to champion both the joys of birdwatching and raise conservation funds for BirdLife International’s vital Stop Illegal Bird Trade project.

Organisers are hoping the two-day event will set a world record for the most species seen by the greatest number of people.

Tim Appleton at the birdwatching centre at Egleton
Tim Appleton at the birdwatching centre at Egleton

The challenge is on for up to 6,500 different species to be seen by participants counting birds in their gardens, visiting local reserves and maintaining a low carbon footprint. If the organisers reach their target, it will mean about 60 per cent of the planet’s species will have been recorded in more than 110 countries.

Global Birding has teamed up with eBird, USA’s Cornell University. Participants enter their sightings on the eBird system which will give the final tally.

Global Birding is the brainchild of Tim Appleton, co-founder of Birdfair, which he ran for 31 years at Rutland Water as well as creating the nature reserve.

Global bird weekend (42721064)
Global bird weekend (42721064)

Tim said: “We want everyone to celebrate the love for nature and birds across the world in their own local areas or ‘patch’.”

“So wherever you are in the world, in your garden, your local park or nature reserve, every bird sighting counts.”

For more details see: globalbirding.org



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