Join us at Birdfair 2016!

It’s that time of year again, when birdwatchers, ornithologists, naturalists and a whole host of companies and organisations from all over the world descend on a small corner of Rutland.

Birdfair 2016, from August 19-21, promises to be the biggest and best yet, and as always we’ll be there.

The Bird Watching stand will be in its usual spot (pitches 36/37), in Marquee 6 (close to Lecture Marquee 2), and we’ve got some great offers for you.

We’ll have goodybags for £3 that include copies of Bird Watching, Country Walking and Practical Photography, one of Dave Gosney’s easybirder DVD guides, and some other surprises too, including discount vouchers that can be used elsewhere at the Fair.

Subscriptions to Bird Watching, Country Walking and Practical Photography will be available for £22 for 13 issues each (direct debit only).

But we’ll also be there to meet you, and chat about what you like and don’t like about the magazine, what you’d like to see happen in British birdwatching and conservation, and to answer your queries on bird ID, optics, travel, and anything else that you think we can help with.

Bird Watching’s optics testers, David Chandler and Matt Merritt, will also be running an optics Q&A session from 12.30pm-12.50 pm on the Saturday, at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre – come along if you want to know what to look for before you buy.

And of course, many of Bird Watching’s partners, such as Avian Adventures, Heatherlea, and WildSounds, will be present too, with great Birdfair deals.

Full information about Birdfair 2016 is available at

Some events to look out for at Birdfair 2016

RSPB Birders Lecture in association with British Birds “Frontiers of Migration” – in celebration of the life of Martin Garner

Friday, 6pm-7pm, Events Marquee

Top-flight international birders Yoav Perlman, Keith Clarkson and Paul French explore why bird migration is the most amazing spectacle in the natural world; the sheer joy of witnessing millions of birds, the latest cutting-edge identification issues and the vital campaign to stop the illegal killing.

The BTO present: Chris Packham with The Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

Saturday, 4.15pm-4.45 pm, Events Marquee

The Bird Photographer of the Year competition announces the winners from its inaugural competition. Join BTO president Chris Packham, the BTO and the BPOTY team to celebrate the winners and admire the winning images from the 2015 Bird Photographer of the Year competition, plus the launch of the competition for 2016.

A grouse-fest in Colorado by Keith Betton

Friday, 4.30pm-4.50pm, Lecture Marquee 2

Gaucho birding in Argentina: from the Andes to the Atlantic by James Lowen

Saturday, 10am-10.20am, Lecture Marquee 2

Japan: the world's best winter birding? by James Lowen

Saturday, 1.30pm-1.50pm, Lecture Marquee 1

Merlin and More: magical year-round birdwatching in North Wales! by Alan Davies and Ruth Miller

Sunday, 1.30pm-1.50pm, Lecture Marquee 2