Woodcraft Folk at Birdfair!

Event date: 
17 August 2019 - 9:30am - 18 August 2019 - 5:00pm
Event location: 
Rutland Water Nature Reserve

 Woodcraft Folk has been invited to have a stall at the 2019 Birdfair, held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve on the 16th-18th August. 

 
The Birdfair is a three day festival of all things birds and wildlife. Whilst many of the stall holders are selling trips around the world, expensive opticals and photographic equipment, many charitable and voluntary organisations also have a presence, including the RSPB, BTO, Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation Trust, Bat Conservation Trust, Bug Life and many small nature parks and reserves. 
 
The event is a mix of large marquees with a range of stalls (including the Art Tent and the Local Produce Tent), smaller marquees with full programmes of talks and presentations from individuals and organisations from around the world about a range of wildlife topics, to the main marquee which has discussion panels, quizzes, demonstrations and entertainment. Regular “celebs” in attendance include Chris Packham, Nick Baker, Mike Dilger, Simon King, Iolo Williams, Stephen Moss, Mark Carwardine, Tony Juniper, Jonathan and Angela Scott, Nigel Marvin, Deborah Meaden, Bill Oddie, and many more. It’s a great place to get books signed! There is also the Nature Reserve which is worth a look for it’s breeding Ospreys, variety of waders and waterfowl on the reservoir and migratory songbirds in the woodlands.
 
Since the first Birdfair in 1989, over 5 million pounds has been raised and donated to conservation projects all around the world. All of these have included working with the local communities to protect habitats and species by providing training, skill-sharing and resources to enable the projects to continue with local support after the Birdfair funding runs out.
 
In 2018, the Wild Zone was launched as an area for kids to learn, play and engage with conservation organisations. The marquee programme was filled with inspirational talks, films and discussions by leading experts in their field, from all walks of life and a significant proportion of those appearing on stage were considered “young people”.
In 2019, the Wild Zone will feature a Conservation Careers theme, with several activities on the Saturday aimed at helping young conservationists to get on the career ladder.
Woodcraft Folk has been invited to have a stall in the Wild Zone in 2019, with a variety of activities available for visitors to engage with. These currently include upcycling plastic bottles into bird feeders and bug hotels and running muddy faces and sensory walks in the woods. We will be running activities betwen 10-3 on Saturday and Sunday at the WildZone, which this year is next to the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre.
 
 
For more information about Birdfair, please visit their website:
https://birdfair.org.uk/