Farm­land Bird Ap­peal set to ben­e­fit from ma­jor week­end event held in beau­ti­ful Nor­folk

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BRI­TAIN’S BEST-KNOWN BIRD­WATCH­ING county will play host to the an­nual two-day Nor­folk Bird­fair in sup­port of con­ser­va­tion char­i­ties. The BTO’S Farm­land Bird Ap­peal will ben­e­fit from this year’s event, which takes place at Man­ning­ton Hall, near Sax­thorpe, Nor­folk, on May 21 and 22. Set amid un­spoiled coun­try­side, it’s a spa­cious and scenic site, and well placed if you want to com­bine a visit to the fair with vis­its to some of the county’s most renowned bird­watch­ing spots. There’ll be a wide range of ex­hibitors, in­clud­ing op­tics com­pa­nies and re­tail­ers (among them Cley Spy), char­i­ties and NGOS, tour op­er­a­tors, artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and au­thors. There’ll also be lec­tures from the likes of the BTO, Wader Quest, Falk­lands Con­ser­va­tion, Richard Brooks (on bird­ing in Lem­nos), Yoav Perl­man (on bird ID and tax­on­omy), Nor­folk Wildlife Trust (on Nor­folk’s hid­den gems for wildlife), and fair or­gan­iser Robert Wil­son, an award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher, on DSLR pho­tog­ra­phy of birds. Bird Watch­ing mag­a­zine will be present on both days – so come and see us for great sub­scrip­tion of­fers, if you’d like ad­vice or help with any as­pect of bird­watch­ing, or if you just want to tell us what you like and don’t like about the mag­a­zine! There’s a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, too, in­clud­ing bir­dring­ing, bird walks with the North East Nor­folk Bird Club, in­sect iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, a wildlife trail, bas­ket-weav­ing, an evening walk with the Am­phib­ian and Rep­tile Group, and wildlife art paint­ing in progress with David Ord Kerr. There’s also the an­nounce­ment of the win­ner of the Nor­folk Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion, won last year by Bird Watch­ing reg­u­lar James Lowen. Re­fresh­ments in­clude a va­ri­ety of local pro­duce and tick­ets are £10 on the door or £8 in ad­vance for adults, or £18 for both days on the door, and £15 in ad­vance. A max­i­mum of three chil­dren per adult get in free. Group book­ings of 10 or more are £7 a ticket in ad­vance only. Please note there is good disabled access. There are still va­can­cies for vol­un­teers to help with car-park­ing and chil­dren’s craft ac­tiv­i­ties – if you sign up for four hours, enjoy free access for the rest of the day. See birds and learn about them, too, at the Nor­folk Bird­fair! The bird­fair will take place at the beau­ti­ful set­ting of Nor­folk’s Man­ning­ton Hall

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