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Chris Packham, Deborah Meaden and Carrie Symonds to appear at Birdfair 2019 at Rutland Water

Chris Packham, Deborah Meaden and Carrie Symonds will be attending a wildlife event at Rutland Water.

Birdfair 2019 takes place at Egleton from August 16 to 18 and will address some of the big issues of the modern day, including climate change and wildlife decline.

Tim Appleton, Birdfair founder and manager: “There’s really something for everyone this year.

The annual Birdfair at Rutland Water (12067363)
The annual Birdfair at Rutland Water (12067363)

“Whether you’re a Birdfair regular or a first time visitor, this is going to be a fantastic three days.

“And it’s worth remembering that everyone visiting is making a real difference by contributing towards wildlife conservation projects.”

On Friday evening, Chris Packham, Carrie Symonds, Deborah Meaden, Hannah Stitfall, Isabella Tree, Philip Lymbery and Tony Juniper will be speaking at a Question Time session looking at the current state of wildlife, chaired by Dominic Dyer.

Naturalist and wildlife photographer Simon King will also speak about how the world can be changed one step at a time.

On the Saturday, there will be advice about various careers in conservation.

Birdfair visitors can look forward to fun quiz sessions in the form of 'Would I Fly To You' and 'Bird Brain of Britain', hosted by Stephen Moss.

Iolo Williams will give a talk on 'Life before Telly' and Angie and Jonathan Scott will tell 'Big Cat Tales'.

Other treats include wildlife cruises on Rutland Water, the Bird Photographer of the Year Awards with Chris Packham, a local food market and a production of The Lion King.

Birdfair will welcome 45 new exhibitors.

This year’s event will fundraise for BirdLife International’s 'Conserving Cambodia’s Big Five' project, which looks after endangered species.

Advanced three-day tickets cost £35 for adults, £18 for students and children under 18 can attend for free.

For more information about the event and to buy tickets, visit www.birdfair.org.uk.

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