The British Birdwatching Fair Rutland Water 16 to 18 August 2019

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The British Bird Fair where people who love birds come together for fun!

Back in 1989 some people who were passionate about birds and bird conservation put up some tents in a field next to Rutland Water and called it a bird fair. It wasn’t a big event, it didn’t shake the world but those that went along somehow managed to raise £3,000 to help stop the slaughter of migrant birds on the Mediterranean island of Malta, and a great effort it was. So good in fact they decided to do it again the next year and it proved more popular and they raised even more money for bird conservation and had a lot of fun.

Bird Fair 2017 ice creams

Fast forward to 2018, a bird fair held every year in between, and the event raises a staggering £322,000 for bird conservation during that one event alone! Not only is the amount of conservation cash raised fantastic but the awareness for the need for bird conservation is massively increased too almost if not as important. Tens of thousands of people have passed through the entrances to Bird Fair and left inspired about birds and bird conservation.

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Why do we love Bird Fair so much? Well see above for starters, huge amounts of conservation funds raised. But Bird Fair is much more than a fund raiser it is a meeting of like-minded people coming together from all over the globe to celebrate birds. That is what Bird Fair is really about. The joy of birds and the joy of sharing those birds with others. It is a chance to meet old friends and make new friends. A chance to hear about exciting conservation projects and learn of new ways folks are finding to help our birds, our wildlife and our planet. It is a chance to have some hope amongst the doom and gloom of the modern world. A chance to be inspired by the next generation of birders and conservationists and feed off their bright-eyed energy! We should all attend Bird Fair and celebrate all things birds. Don’t be jaded, you have not seen it all before, new ideas, new people, new hope find them all at Bird Fair. Go home inspired and re-charged to do more for our birds and our planet both so dearly need us to.

Looking forward to seeing you there and having a lot of fun!

Albatross feeding frenzy

Every year Bird Fair choose an international conservation issue to support. The projects are suggested to us and managed through the BirdLife International partnership. The support from the Birdfair has enabled BirdLife to make some remarkable conservation achievements, including the creation of several new national parks. We’ve helped birds under real threat of extinction, from albatrosses to white-winged guans.

The total raised since Birdfair started is now over £4,679,152. Such funds are raised in various ways, including sponsorship, exhibitors fees, merchandising, and fantastic volunteer help. Two-thirds of the money raised comes from visitors’ entrance fees. We guarantee that every year every penny of the visitors entrance fee goes to the BirdLife projects. Here are the details of just some of those projects, starting from 1989, all the way to present day. Look what we’ve achieved!

Amounts raised by Birdfair for conservation projects:


Bird Killing in Malta 1989 £3,000

Doñana, Spain 1990 £10,000

Danube Delta, Romania 1991 £20,000

Spanish Steppes 1992 £30,000

Polish Wetlands 1993 £40,000

Halmahera, Indonesia 1994 £45,000

Marsh Owl Morocco 1

Moroccan wetlands 1995 £47,000

Ke Go Forest, Vietnam 1996 £55,000

Mindo Forest, Ecuador 1997 £60,000

Globally-threatened 1998 £120,000

Atlantic Forest,Brazil 1999 £130,000

Global seabirds 2000 £125,000

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Eastern Cuba 2001 £135,000

Sumatran rainforests 2002 £147,000

Madagascan wetlands 2003 £157,000

Peruvian Dry Forests 2004 £164,000

Saving Gurney’s pitta 2005 £200,000

Pacific parrots 2006 £215,000

Preventing Extinctions 2007 £226,000

Preventing Extinctions 2008 £265,000

Preventing Extinctions 2009 £263,000

Ethiopia 2010 £242,000

Flyways 2011 £227,000

Flyways 2012 £200,152

Flyways 2013 £270,000

Saving the seas oceans 2014 £280,000

Birds in Eastern Med 2015 £320,000

Saving IBA’s in Africa 2016 £350,000

Paradise in Pacific 2017 £333,000

GRAND TOTAL £4,679,152

Toby and Findlay

Our hope for the future, over to you guys! Lol

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