Counting down to Rutland Water’s Birdfair

Visitors at last years Birdfair event 
PHOTO: David Lowndes
Visitors at last years Birdfair event PHOTO: David Lowndes

The countdown is on to Birdfair 2016 which takes place on the shores of Rutland Water next weekend.

Thousands of people are once again expected at the popular annual event at Egleton, which starts on Friday, and runs until Sunday.

As well as being a huge hit with visitors - affectionately known as the Glastonbury for birdwatchers - the event also raises much needed funds for conservation projects and a record £320,000 was handed over to Birdlife International from last year’s event, which was hailed the best event in its history.

Wildlife experts including Chris Packham and Simon King will be among the famous faces at the event, which has six marquees running packed programmes of events - meaning there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Simon King, Nick Baker and Rutland Water’s own Tim Mackrill will be leading cruise events to spot the county’s own birds, while on Friday evening Chris Packham will interview a panel of experts on Rewilding Britain.

There will also be hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts, everything, from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, e-Guides to eco holidays.

To find out more about Birdfair 2016 or to buy tickets for the event, visit www.birdfair.org.uk.

On the gate tickets are £15 for a single day or £35 for three days. It’s free entry for children under 16 - with a full paying adult.