The world’s largest wildlife event, the Birdfair, has celebrated its quarter century by raising a record amount for conservation. Birdfair, which is held annually at Rutland Water for three days every August, is jointly promoted by the RSPB and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.
A cheque for £270,000 was presented at a special reception on 4th February to Dr Marco Lambertini, BirdLife International’s Chief Executive by Martin Davies and Tim Appleton, the fair’s co-organisers. This donation will help fund the BirdLife International partnership’s work on migratory birds in the grasslands throughout the Americas, from “Prairies to Pampas”.
At the event, the Birdfair also announced that the 2014 event will raise money for BirdLife’s Marine programme.
The world’s seabirds are more threatened than any other group of birds. BirdLife Partners have been engaged in mapping marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas around coasts, in territorial waters and on the high seas. The funds from the fair will enable the BirdLife Partnership to work with national governments and international bodies to create a network of marine protected areas. These areas will not only conserve seabirds, but will also help protect marine mammals and fish stocks.
This work will be vital if nations around the world are to stand any chance of meeting the Convention on Biological Diversity’s target of protecting 10% of marine and coastal areas by 2020.
“For 25 years, the bird fair has funded and helped promote the Birdlife Partnership’s work around the world. This is a major achievement in itself”, said Dr Lambertini. “However, it has also done so much more. The £3.34 million Birdfair has raised over those 25 years has been used as start-up funds for so many innovative projects and ideas that its legacy is so much greater. There is no doubt that the event has become a major force for conservation”
Over the years, the fair has funded a diverse range of conservation projects from parrots in the Pacific to the rainforests of Ecuador and Indonesia.
“What started as an idea over a pint of beer between two friends, has evolved into something on a scale none of us could have imagined”, said Martin Davies. “The fair continues to grow and attract more people and exhibitors, with 350 companies and organisations in 2013 and 22,000 visitors. It goes to show that people really care about nature both here in the UK and also abroad and by working together we can all make a difference for conservation.”
A Big Thank You
To all our visitors, exhibitors, volunteers and everyone involved:
Birdfair 2013 was a huge success with record numbers of visitors from all over the UK and further afield. Friday was a little damp, but thank goodness the sun shone on Saturday and Sunday.
Thank you Birdfair
for 25 years of
Watch this 5 minute video to see how your contribution to Birdfair is used by Birdlife International to help conserve threatened bird populations around the world:
Best Stand Awards 2013:
Conservation Category 1st Botanical Society of the British Isles 2nd RSPB 3rd Oriental Bird Club
Travel Category 1st SKUA Nature Group 2nd Guatemala 3rd Malaysia
Commercial Category 1st Swarovski 2nd Bushnell 3rd Subbuteo
Arts and Crafts Category 1st Bruce Pearson 2nd Jackie Garner 3rd Darren Woodhead
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 25th Anniversary year. We have continued to support BirdLife International’s Flyways Programme, focussing specifically on the Americas. The funds raised are to support conservation efforts to protect birds which breed in the prairies and other grasslands in North America but winter south in the pampas grasslands of South America.
Described as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury, 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!
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.