Rutland Water to host 25th annual Birdfair

View of Rutland Water taken at Barnsdale.
Photo: MSMP090113-004ow
View of Rutland Water taken at Barnsdale. Photo: MSMP090113-004ow
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Thousands of nature enthusiasts are set to attend British Birdfair which takes place at Rutland Water in a week’s time.

The event is celebrating its 25th year and organisers expect more than 22,000 visitors to turnout over Friday, August 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 for a range of entertainments and international wildlife lecturers.

People can enjoy more than 300 stalls and a wildlife cruise while raising funds for BirdLife International’s Flyways Programme, which aims to save millions of birds on their annual migrations. The focus this year is on the flyways between North and South America.

Many celebrities from the wildlife world are due to attend, including cameraman and presenter Simon King, bird expert extraordinaire Bill Oddie, film producer and writer Stephen Moss, wildlife presenter Nick Baker and many more.

There will also be a presentation on the Amazon Rainforest from bird specialist Guy Kirwan, who participated in the 2012 inaugural Birding Rally Challenge in Machu Picchu. The lecture will be held on Saturday, at 4.10pm.

The RSPB’s Martin Davies and Tim Appleton, of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, are co-founders and organisers of the Birdfair.

Martin said: “A quarter century anniversary is a perfect opportunity to look back and look forward.

“We are delighted that over 25 years the event has raised over £3 million for conservation and has helped species as diverse as albatrosses to hummingbirds.

“But looking forward, we’re hoping to achieve even more for conservation.

“The number of species facing extinction has risen considerably. If we all focus our efforts, we really can make a positive difference for conservation.”

For more information and tickets in advance, visit the Birdfair website.