The first and original Birdfair (British Birdwatching Fair) will be playing out under eight massive marquees over 3 days (Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2019) for its 31st annual performance. Ticket prices start at £15, students only £7.50 and anyone under 18 can enter for free. You can buy tickets online here.
The Birdfair is also known as the “The Glastonbury of Birdwatching” and if you are planning on attending, which “acts” do you see? Choose from an extensive choice of over 250 wildlife tour operators and companies, optics brands, conservation organisations, wildlife art, birdwatching magazines, specialist book stores, local produce outlets and a host of lectures across the three days?
For those either short on time and not really sure where to start Blue Sky Wildlife has put together our recommended “must see” exhibitor list of local wildlife specialists.
Blue Sky Wildlife has 35 local wildlife specialists who are not only listed on the site but will be exhibiting at this year’s Birdfair. However, we are only featuring those the Top 10 local wildlife specialists based on their Wildlife Reviews ranking by Tour Operator as at 1st August 2019.
In marquee order they are as follows:
Inglorious Bustards – Spain (Marquee 1, Stand 28)
Niki Williamson and Simon Tonkin will be at the Birdfair for their third 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 also very active conservationists. Ask them about #FlywayBirding. Day trips from €60 or multiday tours from €860 per person. More info
Iberian Lynx Land – Spain (Marquee 1, Stand 30)
Jose Luis Sánchez Balsera will be located on Andalucía Wildlife Guides stand. Iberian Lynx Land is a young Spanish nature tourism company grown out of driving enthusiasm and solid local knowledge. They are based in the province of Jaen in the north of Andalusia- the greenest of Spain’s provinces with a third of its territory designated as protected natural space, and rightfully regarded as the unsung hero of Spanish nature. Multiday tours from € 799 per person. More info
Borneo Eco Tours – Malaysia (Marquee 1, Stand 38)
Baton Bijamin, from Borneo Eco Tours will be located on the Sabah Tourism Stand in Marquee 1, Stand 38. Borneo Eco Tours (BET) is called The Borneo Specialist for multiple reasons. BET is an award-winning, low impact tour company that specialises in nature-based tours around Borneo, namely Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah tours Borneo. BET has been creating and providing memorable Borneo wildlife tours for visitors since 1991. Day trips from MYR230 and multiday tours from MYR 598 per person. More info
Tabin Wildlife Resort – Malaysia (Marquee 1, Stand 38)
Lawrence Chin, from Tabin Wildlife Resort will also be located on the Sabah Tourism Stand. Tabin Wildlife Reserve is the largest Wildlife Reserve in Malaysia with its 300,000 acres of Dipterocarp rainforest which is home to extraordinary biodiversity. The Tabin Wildlife reserve is a dedicated ground for the breeding of wildlife and birdlife, including the highly endangered Sumatran Rhino, Borneo Pygmy elephant, and the Tembadau. Multiday tours from MYR2,500 per person. More info
Yorkshire Coast Nature – England (Marquee 3, Stand 35)
Steve Race and Richard Baines, besides being two of the loveliest guys you will ever meet, from Yorkshire Coast Nature have been making it a bit of a habit in being placed in the top three places for the best “Travel & Tourism Best Birdfair Stand Award”. Last year they won!
They are a nature tourism company dedicated to unique wildlife encounters in Yorkshire and beyond! Their local professional guides lead the safaris, photography workshops and very best nature holidays in England from whale watching, getting up close and personal with 200,000 seabirds, rare birds of prey, butterflies, reptiles and flowers. Day trips from £80, multiday tours from £385 per person. More info
Far South Expeditions – Chile (Marquee 6, Stand 56)
Enrique Couve and Claudio F. Vidal from Far South Expeditions have been attending the Birdfair for many, many, many years (maybe even 20).
Far South Expeditions is a small and local tour business, based in Patagonia, with offices located at Punta Arenas, Chile’s most southerly city. Their company was founded by Enrique and Claudio who are two of Chile’s foremost naturalists. Since 1997, they have been specialising in offering birding, wildlife and nature expeditions for small groups and individuals. Multiday tours start from US$2,298 per person. More info
Manakin Nature Tours – Colombia (Marquee 7, Stand 13)
The charming Luis Eduardo Urena and his lovely wife Andrea Borras from Manakin Nature Tours have been attending the Birdfair for a number of years. Historically they have been located on the ProColombia stand in Marquee 5. This year they have their own nest and can now be found Marquee 7, Stand 13.
Manakin Nature Tours are one of the leading tour operators in Colombia with over 95 nature locations and 30 different routes to enjoy. Travel with Manakin Nature Tours to amazing Colombian locations such as the Andes, Choco, the Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena Valley, the Amazon, Caribbean and Pacific coastal routes and as far away as the Eastern Plains. Pricing normally from $US4,300 per person. More info
Beaks and Peaks – Honduras (Marquee 6, Stand 15/16)
Located within the Honduras Tourism Stand, winner of best international stand a few years back, William Orellana and Katinka Domen who run Beaks and Peaks offer ethically and ecologically responsible birding and adventure tours in Honduras, in the heart of Central America. Sustainability, authenticity and diversity are the core values of their company. Pricing normally from $US2,700 per person. More info
Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve – Ecuador (Marquee 7, Stand 37)
Organise a time to meet Richard Parsons from Bellavista who offer close encounters with a diversity of Ecuador birding species while their eco wildlife lodge protects 700 hectares of primary and secondary forest, home to the Spectacled Bear and Olinguito! A range of birding tours are available from single day birding trips up to 10 day tours. Day trips start from US$ 222, multiday tours US$1,028 per person. More info
Birding Extremadura – Spain (Marquee 7, Stand 51/52)
Claudia and Martin Kelsey will be based on the Extremadura Tourism Stand (Gestion Publica De Extremadura). Birding Extremadura specialise in private week long guided birding tours with family-run guesthouse accommodation based in the heart of one of Europe’s top birding destinations, Extremadura. They have also partnered with acclaimed broadcasters and writers, Mark Cocker and David Lindo, offering group holidays with a difference. Day trips from €180, multiday tours from €1,645 per person. More info
Letaka Safaris – Botswana (Marquee 7, Stand 58)
Letaka Safaris is Botswana’s premier mobile safaris operator which is based in the wild wetlands of the Okavango Delta. They have been operating safaris in Botswana since October 2000 when they started off as a small two man operation which has grown to become one of the most successful safari companies in Botswana if not Southern Africa. Owned and operated by Brent and Grant Reed who previously featured in 6 episodes on Nat Geo WILD as the #SafariBrothers . Pricing normally from US$2,065 per person. More info
Birdfair 2019 Information
For more information on Birdfair 2019, including opening times, lectures and ticket information, visit www.birdfair.org.uk