A nature and wildlife event which celebrates Norfolk as ‘the birdwatching capital of Britain’ is returning to the county on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2020.
The Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair was first held in 2019, attracting over 2,000 bird watchers and nature lovers from all over the country.
The event, sponsored by local optics business Cley Spy, in Glandford, and London Camera Exchange, in Norwich, will return to north Norfolk and feature new product launches, expert speakers, guided walks and demonstrations.
The event will bring together experts in the fields of optic and camera equipment, books, clothing, wildlife-inspired art and gifts and nature holidays.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust has been announced as the charity beneficiary for the second year, meaning that a percentage of funds raised from the fair will be reinvested in the county to help protect local wetlands. Above, NWT receive the donation from last year's event at NWT Hickling Broad and Marshes.
The event is hosted by Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT), a charity dedicated to creating a centre of excellence in ecological restoration, protecting threatened species and raising the profile of vital conservation projects.
As a site which attracts more than 1,000 species each year and given its proximity to the popular north Norfolk coast, it’s an inspiring location to host such an event.
Bill Jordan, owner at Pensthorpe Natural Park, comments: “We want to build on the success of last year’s event and continue to spread the word about how unique Norfolk is as a site of astounding natural interest.
“From attracting unusual migratory species such as hoopoe, wryneck or bluethroat or being home to rare species such as spoonbill, great white egret or Norfolk hawker, Norfolk is unparalleled for its wildlife-spotting potential.
“In hosting the Bird and Wildlife Fair in May we are giving nature lovers another reason to visit the county during the peak time for spring bird migration.”
Tim Strivens from Cley Spy, sponsor of the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair, comments: “We are really excited to be coming back to support the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair after the success of last year’s event.
“We feel it is not only a great opportunity to showcase the latest optics from around the world but it enables us to highlight how important Norfolk is for birdwatching.”
David Westoby from London Camera Exchange, sponsor of the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair, comments: “London Camera Exchange Norwich are delighted to be a proud sponsor of the Pensthorpe Bird & Wildlife Fair 2020. During the event we will have representatives from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus & Sigma Imaging attending and offering expert advice plus some great show offers. We look forward to seeing you there.”
Day tickets cost £10 for adults, £9 for seniors and £8 for children (3-16 years). Weekend tickets are available to purchase online at a 15% discount until 30th April 2020. Under 3’s and Pensthorpe Annual Members are free. Parking is free. Dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed in the main reserve.
For more information about the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair or to book tickets visit pensthorpe.com/birdfair
or call 01328 851465.