The British Birdwatching Fair or Birdfair as it is better known, is the world’s largest international Birdwatching event. More than 20,000 visitors attend this extraordinary three day festival every year which is held each August at The Eggleton Reserve, Rutland Water.
Birdfair has supported BirdLife International conservation projects each of the twenty one years it has been in existence and has directly contributed an extraordinary £2,500,000 to conservation. Every one of the annual projects supported by Birdfair is still in place today – representing a flagship model for sustainable conservation.
In 2007 Birdfair became the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme’s first Global Programme Sponsor and have subsequently committed proceeds from the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Birdfairs totalling more than £750,000.
The Birdfair is an important focal point in the conservation calendar at which action is stimulated among a wide and varied international audience. More than 350 exhibitors gather together to provide goods and services to individuals interested in birds and nature and the three day event enables all gathered to meet one another, learn about the latest developments and purchase birding related goods and services.
In August 2008 Swarovski Optik and RSPB became BirdLife Species Champions for Sociable Lapwing during the Birdfair Opening Ceremony and Swarovski Optik MD – Johannes Dvoras and RSPB Head of International Conservation – Norbert Schaffer received recognition from renowned novelists and BirdLife Rare Bird Club presidents – Margaret Atwood and Graham Gibson.
Watch this video to see Tim Appleton and Martin Davies (Coorganisers of the Birdfair) talking about the Birdfair in 2009, and how it supports international conservation.