Win Tickets and join the experts at Birdfair 2017!

Win Tickets and join the experts at Birdfair 2017!

Wildlife Experts and TV Presenters flock to Birdfair 2017 (Friday 18th August – Sunday 20th August at Rutland Water, Leicestershire).

Steve Backshall

Steve Backshall

Birdfair is an annual event and a real must for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Taking place on Rutland Water Nature reserve, this three-day nature extravaganza features fascinating talks by some of our best known wildlife experts, naturalists and presenters. With hundreds of stalls selling a variety of nature-related goodies ranging from books to holidays, the event is a great day out (or three) for anyone of any age who’s interested in birds and wildlife.

This years highlights include:

  • Naturalist, TV presenter and adventurer Steve Backshall bringing his incredible energy and enthusiasm to the Birdfair main stage on Saturday evening. Not to be missed!
  • A panel of experts debating the role of wildlife film making in conservation. Naturalist and Broadcaster Chris Packham, Natural History Film producer and wildlife campaigner Mary Colwell, presenter and Natural History producer Martin-Hughes Games and zoologist and conservationist Mark Carwardine will be discussing this topic with the Badger Trust’s Dominic Dyer in the chair.
  • Simon King presenting Wild Light, reflecting on some of the remarkable events he has witnessed and shared with the world, and some that didn’t make it to film or digital chips.
  • Nick Baker and Simon King hosting the Rutland Wildlife Cruises on board the Rutland Belle, giving you the chance to see an array of wildlife from the waters of Rutland Water
  • Miranda Krestovnikoff chairing a panel of experts – including David Lindo and Martin Hughes Games – who will be taking questions from the floor, ensuring education and fun!
  • Bill Oddie

    Bill Oddie

    Bill Oddie talking about his latest book Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener – Definitely not just another book about wildlife gardening. Bill will be signing copies of this and his other books after the talk.

  • Mike Dilger (ably assisted by Neil Glen) chairing Birdless Pointbrain for the third year. Four teams try to score the fewest points possible by giving the least obvious correct answers to the wildlife-themed questions

Birdfair founder and Manager Tim Appleton, who has run the event since 1989, said:

“We’re expecting this year’s event to be absolutely amazing! Steve Backshall is joining us for his first Birdfair, all our favourite wildlife people are here, the programme is packed with really interesting talks and the marquees are the place to be for all your nature shopping needs.”  Tim continued “Recent press articles have revealed what we knew all along: watching birds and wildlife is cool! So we look forward to welcoming new birders and nature fans of all ages to the biggest celebration of wildlife in the UK and quite possibly the world!” 

Birdfair brings together nature lovers from 83 countries, raises money for vital conservation work around the world, and has donated over £3.4 million to Birdlife International global conservation projects. This year Birdfair’s theme is Saving Paradise in the Pacific and the event will be raising funds for work on the French Polynesian island of Rapa Iti where invasive non native rats and goats are decimating populations of native birds.

Entry tickets cover visiting the exhibition marquees and attending the talks during the day. Tickets for the cruises, an evening with Steve Backshall and the wildlife filming debate can be bought separately and must be booked in advance through the Birdfair website. For full details, ticket sales and accommodation information, please visit: 

Win Tickets and join the experts at Birdfair 2017! We have THREE pairs of 3-day passes to this wildlife extravaganza to give away to three lucky readers.

For your chance to win, simply answer the following question:

Q. What is Birdfair’s theme for 2017?

A. Select one from the choices below...

Your Details

Please enter the following details about yourself


Terms and Conditions

Birdfair 2017 bannerTHREE winners will each receive a pair of 3-day passes to Birdfair 2017. NO cash alternative is available. Travel and accommodation are NOT included. The winners will be chosen at random on 9tH August 2017.

Post expires at 11:59pm on Tuesday August 8th, 2017