Global Bird Fair 2023 Four Season At One Show And a Wonderful Time Had By All

The Birders v Buggers Quiz was a lot of fun though the Birders was robbed!

It was fantastic to be back at Global Bird Fair at the Rutland Show Ground near Oakham. A huge event where like-minded bird and wildlife folks come to together to celebrate all things birds, wildlife, and nature conservation. An inspiring place to give you hope for the future, so many people coming to together who all care about our birds and our planet. Meeting face to face is so much better and so good for us rather than remotely. To shake hands, to hug, to laugh, eat, and drink together makes for lasting friendships that lead to great partnerships that get stuff done for birds and wildlife.

Lovely to catch up with Helen, Wendy, Brian and Barry and plan new adventures together!

It was so good to catch up with so many friends and make new friends and see how bird and wildlife conservation is being done around the world. Of course there were lots of new ideas for places and birds to see, watch this space for new tours coming soon! It was a whirlwind time with so many great people to catch up with and meet for the first time, so sorry to the folks we missed, next year. Time flies by at the Global Bird Fair and each day we thought at the end, where did the day go? There was so much we planned to do that we didn’t get the time to do.

So many great people in one place - Alexia, Sean, Sarah - brilliant to see them all!

So many highlights it is difficult to pick the ones to write about in a short blog! Taking part in the “Casual Birder Podcast” was certainly one and we timed it perfectly, just as we finished recording the heavens opened with a massive storm! High winds, torrential rain, hail, and warm sunshine were all encountered during this years Global Bird Fair. But the site stood up well to everything the weather threw at it and us. Sure, there was some mud and puddles but hey its Bird Fair, we expect that, and everyone just carried on. Taking part in the quiz show “Birders v Buggers” was a great fun and lots of laughs though the Birders team was robbed! But the highlight was catching up with so many lovely people we haven’t seen for so long. Meeting old friends and making new friends is, we think, the most amazing thing about Global Fair. Of course there are so many other great things, not least the huge amounts of money raised for Birdlife International this year helping endangered hummingbirds in Ecuador. Raising awareness of conservation issues is also so important and there were many talks and stands doing just that. The Global Bird Fair is a fantastic event and if you haven’t been yet, see you there in 2024. You will love it and come away inspired about birds and bird conservation.

The male and female Big Year World Record Holders and some other bloke! Arjan Dwarshuis and Ruth.

The fun carries on into the night! Bonkers, mad night in Oakham with the Costa Rica, Tropical Birding and Peru mob!

Folks from all over the world meet at Global Bird Fair to talk birds - Chinese young ladies.

Wonderful to catch up with amazing bird artist Chris Rose and the Urban Birder - David Lindo.

The Costa Rica stand - Helen, Sergio and Brian - we will meet again in Costa Rica in November.

Brilliant to catch up with Mark Williams and his lovely wife, from Ghana, we must get back there!

Oops! We missed the Grant Arms Hotel team so sorry! See you all at Christmas!

Lovely to see our great friend Marika from Estonia, another country to re-visit - and David Lindo again.

So good to catch up with Jari and Kaisa Peltomaki and our great friend Nigel Marvin.

A wonderful sight! A cart load of booze arriving! Many thanks Roy and Anja for the invite.

The stage is set for Birders v Buggers team captains Nick Baker and Mike Dilger.

It was a tad wet at times! Torrential rain swept across the Show Ground.

New wader habitat created at Global Bird Fair 2023 - the event that keeps giving!

Sunshine after rain at Global Bird Fair - roof off the food hall incase of damage in high winds!

So glad we were staying in a lovely hotel in Uppingham and not camping!

Great fun to be part of the Casual Birder Podcast we covered a lot of topics.

A night out in Oakham - Anise, Iain and Sergio put the world to right.

Sergio always makes everyone laugh and smile wherever he is!

Jonathan and Gunnar talk bird conservation and the role of NGO's.

Ruth meet Ruth and her lovely husband - looking forward to seeing Dippers together.

More lovely people - Martin, Penny and Steve so many great people in one place!

So lovely to see Tess at Global Bird Fair 2023 - library pic all others taken this Bird Fair.

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