Birdfair is an annual three day event which is held every August at Rutland Water. Each year the money raised goes to a different conservation project. Birdfair has now been running for 28 years and this year was my third year.
Birdfair consists of field after field of marquees containing everything a wildlife enthusiast would need. There are marquees full of cameras, clothing, bird and wildlife holidays, bird food, magazines, books, jewellery and art work. Other marques are full of organisations such as League against cruel sports, Birders against wildlife crime, The Wildlife Trust, BTO, Butterfly conservation, RSPB, Leicestershire and Rutland Badger Group, A Focus on Nature and many many more.
Over the three days there are numerous talks, lectures and events taking place, where you can learn, experience and find out what individuals or groups have been up to.
This year I only managed to go for one day which really isn’t enough to get everything done.
For me the highlights of this years Birdfair were:
The interview of Chris Packham by Georgia Locock about his new book ‘Fingers in the sparkle jar’. For a few years now Georgia has been a great help and inspiration to me.
You can read about Georgia on her blog at http://www.georgiaswildlifewatch.com
Next, a great talk by Wildlife photographer Andrew Marshall, who spoke about his new book and showed photographs from his book. What I found interesting and helpful about this talk was all the technical details about each photo and how he learnt to use his camera, especially highlighting his local patch. Photographing on my local patch is something that I’m passionate about, there is so much that can be overlooked on your own doorstep.
Andrew Marshall’s website is http://www.gowildlandscapesphoto.com
A Focus on Nature is a youth nature network that I belong to, many of its members either work in the wildlife community or are, like me, hoping to in the future. At Birdfair it was great to meet up with so many of AFON’s members.
Jack Perks, who is one of AFON’s members did a really interesting talk on photographing underwater and on the rivers. This has given me a few ideas about filming the animals that come to drink at my local stream, especially to track down where the badgers go to drink.
One of the best things about Birdfair is meeting up with friends and making new ones from people I have contact with on social media.
After knowing Zach on Twitter and through our blogs for a couple of years, we finally got to meet.
Zach’s blog is well worth following