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Thousands expected to flock to Birdfair 2019

One of the biggest international birding events will take place in England’s smallest county in August.

Birdfair, held on the shores of Rutland Water Nature Reserve, attracts thousands of visitors from around the world each year, all passionate about bird watching, eco-tourism and wildlife conservation.

Often referred to as the ‘Glastonbury of the birding world’, the family-friendly event features hundreds of stalls selling the latest wildlife products and talks from experts throughout the weekend.

Fundraising activity at Birdfair 2018 raised £322,000.00 which BirdLife International used to create a haven for Flamingos at Mar Chiquita in Argentina. This year, the fair will fundraise for “Conserving Cambodia’s Big Five” project, helping to protect the critically endangered Giant Ibis and White-shouldered Ibis and three declining vulture species.

The amount raised by Birdfair last year brings the total generated by the event, which has run annually since 1989, to over £5million. This money has supported projects across the globe, from Madagascar to Sumatra.

Birdfair 2019 will take place from 16th to 18th August. For more information on visiting go to:

White-Shouldered Ibis. Picture credit: Jonathan Eames

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