A record breaking Birdfair 2014 raised £280,000 to help advance the designation of new marine protected areas and to enrich worldwide marine wildlife.
The cheque was presented to BirdLife International at a ceremony at WWT London Wetlands Centre. The funds will be spent on its ‘Protecting the World’s Seas and Oceans’ project ensuring that marine protected areas cover critical at-sea habitats for seabirds and other mobile marine species, around Europe, Africa, Antarctica and the high seas.
These sites will protect critical breeding and feeding areas, as well as areas vital for seabirds on migration. The project will potentially benefit a high number of seabirds and may boost the number of rare seabirds, such as Balearic shearwater, visiting UK shores.
Patricia Zurita, BirdLife International’s Chief Executive, said: “BirdLife International and our partners working in marine protected areas are very grateful to the Birdfair. This cheque will enable us to work with national governments to create a network of areas that will conserve threatened seabirds, marine mammals, fish stocks and other species.”
It was revealed at the presentation that Birdfair 2015’s fund raising project will be ‘Hope for migratory birds in the Eastern Mediterranean: action against illegal killing’. The aim of the project will be to reduce the scale and impact of illegal killing of migratory birds, and to improve protection and laws throughout the region.
Tim Appleton, Birdfair Co-organiser and Reserve Manager at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, said: “I am delighted that through Birdfair we can highlight the major issues for migrating birds in this region of the Eastern Mediterranean, millions of birds are being slaughtered illegally as they fly to their breeding grounds and then return to their wintering grounds. It has to stop before it’s too late for many vulnerable species.”
The Eastern Mediterranean is used by hundreds of millions of migratory birds on their migration between Europe and Africa, each spring and autumn. The Africa-Eurasia flyway is used by more than 25 species of bird facing the threat of global extinction, including sociable lapwing and northern bald ibis – two of the world’s rarest birds – and 64 of the 188 songbirds using the flyway are in decline.
The Birdwatcher’s Glastonbury
*The Birdfair, jointly organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry while supporting global bird conservation. It is the event of the year if you are into birds and wildlife.
Birdfair 2015 will be held on August 21, 22 and 23 at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton.
Photograph: Birdfair Co-organisers Tim Appleton and Martin Davies hand over the bumper cheque for £280,000 to BirdLife International’s Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita. (LRWT)
The British Birdwatching Fair is jointly organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.
Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you’re into birds and wildlife. A wide range of fantastic conservation projects have been supported by Birdfair. See this article for more information.
There are hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts. You’ll find everything, from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, eGuides to eco-holidays!
At Birdfair 2014 we have numerous celebrity events hosted by Chris Packham, Simon King, Mike Dilger and David Lindo.
This website is your complete guide to who is exhibiting and appearing at Birdfair. Additional information is posted as and when exhibitors, celebrity visitors and the events are confirmed.
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Birdfair 2014 Stand Awards
Conservation Category 1st World Land Trust 2nd Oriental Bird Club 3rd PTES
Travel Category 1st Speyside Wildlife 2nd Tribes Travel 3rd Birding in Portugal
Commercial Category 1st Canon 2nd Out of Our Tree 3rd Beefayre
Arts and Crafts Category 1st BDWCA 2nd Lisa Hooper 3rd Oliver Smart
Many thanks to all our exhibitors for the great effort put into the stands this year.
This years Birdfair was bigger and better than ever in our 26th year. All monies raised this year will be going to BirdLife International’s Marine programme, this work is vital if nations around the world are to stand any chance of meeting the Convention on Biological Diversity’s target of protecting 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020.