If the British Birdfair is the Glastonbury of Birdwatching, now in its 29th year, playing out under eight massive marquees over 3 days (Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August 2017).  Which “acts” do you see?

To add to the mix, there are well over 200 wildlife tour operators and companies to choose from, some of which are located on tourism board stands and then there is the extensive choice of lectures and presentations playing out across the Birdfair site to consider as well.

Blue Sky Wildlife has put together our recommended “must see” exhibitor list, for those either short on time and not really sure where to start.  In marquee order they are as follows:

Inglorious Bustards – Spain (Marquee 1, Stand 28)

Simon Tonkin and Niki Williamson will be at the Birdfair for the first time this year. If you are seeking a Spanish birding and wildlife tour with a difference, Inglorious Bustards are passionate about birds and wildlife, and equally passionate about showing birders chilled-out birding adventures fused with relaxation, fun, local culture and delicious food. They are offering a 15% discount + a £60 donation to the Birdfair on each “The unknown vulture spectacle! – Ronda and the Straits” bookings from 25th to 31st October 2017, until sold out. More info

Birding The Strait – Spain (Marquee 2 Stands 8/9/10)

If you love wildlife photography, you must see Javi Elorriaga and Yeray Seminario from Birding The Strait.  They offer really unique, birding and wildlife photography guided experiences in Andalusia, Spain and Morocco, a region with outstanding biodiversity.  They are offering a 15% discount on every day trip or half day trip of birding in the Strait of Gibraltar booked during the Birdfair for the period October 2017-February 2018. More info

Birding the Stait Javi and Yeray
Photo credit: Birding The Strait

Wild Doñana – Spain (Marquee 2, Stand 8,9,10)

Wild Doñana is a young progressive company lead by Manu Mojarro who has several years of guiding experience and a vast local knowledge of Doñana, Odiel Marshes, Sierra Morena and Tarifa. The team is formed by the best guides in that corner of Spain, who are not only experts in flora and fauna but also specialise in half and one day Andalucia Tours. Manu will be located on the Andalucia stand.  More info

Albatross Encounter – New Zealand (Marquee 2, Stand 46/47)

If you are considering a trip to New Zealand and love your seabirds, meet Lynette Buurman who can share with you why Albatross Encounter brings you up close to a diverse array of seabirds including albatross, petrels, shearwaters, shags, terns and gulls within the Kaikoura Peninsula, more than anywhere else in NZ. More info

Dolphin Encounter – New Zealand (Marquee 2, Stand 46/47)

Swimming with or watching the acrobatic dusky dolphins of Kaikoura New Zealand with Dolphin Encounter is a unique interactive experience with these gregarious mammals that will leave you with lifelong memories!  Speak to Lynette Buurman who will be more than happy to assist with any enquiries and can also help with Albatross Encounter above. More info

Green Tours – Peru (Marquee 2, Stand 48/49)

Wilson Diaz from Green Tours will be located on the PromPeru stand. Green Tours is a Peruvian tour operator specialising in birding trips and they offer unique birding tours from the Pacific coast into the Andes and the Amazonian lowlands. Wilson has a real desire to offer something more than just tourist trips, but rather real nature experiences of Peru along with innovation, comfort, safety, and a strong commitment to their social and environmental responsibilities.  Offering a 20% Birdfair discount on two set departure tours in 2018.  More info

Birdfair 2017 Information

For more information on Birdfair 2017, including opening times, lectures and ticket information, visit www.birdfair.org.uk