The Bird Fair has been something that I have wanted to attend for many, many years. There has always been one reason or another that has meant I couldn’t go. But, 2019 was my year! I was able to enjoy both Saturday and Sunday at the huge conservation event held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
Believe me when I say I could not have been more excited and the whole experience did not disappoint! A week later I am still buzzing with enthusiasm. I would recommend it to anyone who loves wildlife and conservation.
Firstly, I got to meet my wildlife hero, Chris Packham … I was shaking for hours after that, amazing!
I saw Nick Baker and Bill Oddie talk about The World Land Trust at the Saturday evening event. I am big fans of their work so it was a honour to see them enthuse.
I also attended a few daytime events, a fascinating talk about the wildcat reintroduction project, the inspiring Bird Photographer of the Year and, best of all, ‘Inheriting the Earth: Next Generation’; an uplifting panel of eloquent young people with a huge amount of knowledge and interest, campaigning for the natural world.
Throughout the two days I investigated all the stalls in the marquees, soaking up any and all information I could get my hands on. More than a few pin badges were bought! I also enjoyed a few samples of beer! My library has been added to (again)!
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the process of a goldfinch being ringed at the BTO ringing demonstration tent. I have a whole new appreciation of goldfinches and I can’t help but smile every time I see one now!
So now it is time for me to sit back and relax with all my new reading material, I will leave you with a few photos of my first (but not last) Birdfair.