Birdfair raises bumper sum for Saving Paradise in the Pacific

Birdfair 2017 raised an incredible £333,000 for bird conservation – the second highest total in its history.

Birdfair Founder and Manager Tim Appleton and Trust Director Simon Bentley handed over the bumper cheque to BirdLife International’s Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita at a presentation ceremony held at the Trust’s Volunteer Training Centre (see photograph).

Funds raised will help BirdLife International’s campaign ‘Saving Paradise in the Pacific’, which aims to clear invasive predators from one of the remotest islands in the world, the French Polynesian island of Rapa Iti, where non native rats and goats have been decimating populations of native birds.

Birdfair is the world's first and largest international birdwatching event and encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry. Since 1989 Birdfair, run by Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with the RSPB, has raised more than £4.8m to support bird conservation and projects around the globe.

This year Birdfair will celebrate its 30th year in a suitably ambitious way with the proceeds supporting the creation of Argentina’s largest national park at Mar Chiquita, in the process providing a refuge for nearly a million flamingos and shorebirds.

Birdfair 2018 will run from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton. For more information go to www.birdfair.org.uk

We need as much volunteer help as possible to ensure another successful event. There are a variety of volunteer roles – from selling tickets at the entrance gates and taking bids at the auction to supervising the lecture theatres and being part of the site team.

For more information contact Sarah Proud, Volunteer Coordinator, by email volunteering@rutlandwater.org.uk or call Sarah on 01572 720 049.

Photograph: Tim Appleton (Birdfair Founder and Manager) with Patricia Zurita (Chief Executive, BirdLife International) and Simon Bentley (Director, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust)

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