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A new Global Birdfair will be held in July 2022 in the county of Rutland in the UK, bringing together wildlife conservationists, representatives of nature travel, birders and natural history enthusiasts from all over the world.

At the end of 2021, the global wildlife community suffered great disappointment when the organisers of the original British Birdwatching Fair (aka Birdfair) made the decision not to continue to stage the world-famous event post-Covid.

Happily, this new Global Birdfair picks up the event baton from its predecessor to run a not-for-profit festival along the lines of the old British Birdfair. Over the years the original incarnation raised over £5m for bird conservation projects worldwide.

For example, in 2019 – the last time the old Birdfair was held live – it raised vital funds for BirdLife International’s ‘Conserving Cambodia’s Big Five’ project. This benefitted work to halt the decline of Giant Ibises, White-shouldered Ibises, White-rumped Vultures, Slender-billed Vultures, and Red-headed Vultures in that country.  And in 2018, the proceeds supported the creation of Ansenuza National Park, Argentina’s largest national park to protect up to 800,000 hectares of Mar Chiquita. This is the fifth largest salt lake in the world and  a refuge for nearly a million flamingos and shorebirds.

Global Birdfair Logo
New Global Birdfair Logo for a new Birding & Conservation Fair in Rutland, United Kingdom

Continuing the Legacy

In common with the original event, Global Birdfair will continue to support conservation projects such as the above with funding raised by the event.

Global Birdfair has been spearheaded by Tim Appleton MBE, founder of the original Birdfair back in 1989. Many national and international sponsors and exhibitors will be migrating from the former event to the new one, with over 135 alone signing up to participate fewer than 24 hours after the official announcement.

Tim Appleton & Penny Robinson Global Birdfair

Global Birdfair Founders, Tim Appleton & Penny Robinson out birding.

The new Global Birdfair is anticipated to be just as effective at supporting the work of conserving bird species and natural habitats around the world as the original, something that is even more important in today’s environmental climate.

Over the past two years life across the planet has been disrupted in so many ways, with the natural world no exception. However, the crisis brought about by the spread of the coronavirus and a growing awareness of climate change have changed approaches to nature.

As Tim Appleton says: “If there has been one benefit that has come out of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been a huge increase in many people’s appreciation and awareness of their local environments. Now that global travel is opening up once more, I hope many newcomers will come to enjoy the new Global Birdfair, which will showcase everything the birding and wildlife industry and conservation projects around the world have to offer.”

Global Birdfair Location – Oakham, Rutland

Global Birdfair will take place from 9.00am Friday 15 July 2022 until 5.00pm on Sunday 17 July 2022 at the Rutland Showground, Oakham, Rutland, UK.

The event is conveniently placed in the centre of England, within easy reach of a wide range of transport options from London and the rest of the UK.

Global Birdfair near market town in Oakham

The Rutland Showground only 25 minutes walk from market town, Oakham, Rutland, United Kingdom

Global Birdfair Carbon Offsetting & More Details

The organisers are working closely with a carbon offsetting organisation to provide a platform for Global Birdfair to make significant contributions to their scheme.  The aim is to make the event as carbon neutral as possible with contributions to nature projects in the UK and overseas.

Plan to attend Global Birdfair?

Tickets will go on sale via the website from Monday 14th February 2022.

Exhibitors will include conservation organisations, tourist boards and eco-tourism companies alongside exhibitors selling books, art, optical equipment, bird food and local produce. Many of the Blue Sky Wildlife local specialist tour companies will be making the trip to Rutland from locations around the UK and internationally to showcase their areas. And they will be providing expert speakers to talk about their work with  native species. Global Birdfair will be a great chance to learn about nature and how you can experience it, as well as being a great opportunity to help wildlife conservation.

“We are building a programme of events to interest all generations,” says Tim Appleton. “There will be a variety of activities including lectures by guest speakers sharing their experiences and discussing topics relating to wildlife around the world.”

For more information, visit the Global Birdfair website and follow the news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Original Post: 20th January 2022

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