British Birdwatching Fair 2011
WLT: Marquee 4, stand numbers 14 and 15
Every year WLT attends the annual British Birdwatching Fair in Rutland Water in August. It is a great opportunity to showcase our partnerships; both our overseas conservation partners and corporate supporters.
The Birdfair is seen as the Glastonbury Festival of the birdwatching world and is the perfect place for our partner organisations across the world to showcase their ecotourism. See the official Birdfair website for more information on the event: We hope to see you there next year!
After the Event
This year WLT was joined on their stand by Silvia Centron, ornithologist from our partner organisation Guyra Paraguay. While showcasing Paraguay as a ‘must see’ birding destination, Silvia entertained visitors with stories from her on-the-ground conservation work in Paraguay – her latest sighting was a Giant Anteater, causing great excitement.
Wildlife film producer, Dan Freeman, gave an unmissable insight into the value of wildlife camera-traps for conservation research and highlighted the importance of the joint World Land Trust/BBC Wildlife Camera Trap competition. After the talk, Dan visited the WLT stand and sold signed copies of his new book, Mangroves and Man-eaters, and other wildlife encounters. We are planning another talk by Dan, in Bristol next year.
WLT would like to thank the sponsors who help support the stand, including Calypso Soft Drinks, Enterprise Plants and Puro Coffee. Paul Best from Puro joined us for a second year and did a great job enticing visitors to the stand with free fair trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and spoke passionately about WLT’s work. The Birdfair is the perfect opportunity to showcase our partnerships and a great chance to meet new and existing supporters. We also extend thanks to two previous interns and co-workers, Lorienne Parker and Sarah Quayle, who kindly volunteered at the Birdfair.
Slide show of the 2010 BBC Wildlife and WLT Camer-trap competition winners, displayed at the Birdfair.