BIRDFAIR RAISES RECORD-BREAK­ING AMOUNT TO AID CON­SER­VA­TION

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BIRDFAIR, THE AN­NUAL Bri­tish cel­e­bra­tion of bird­watch­ing, raised an in­cred­i­ble £350,000 for in­ter­na­tional con­ser­va­tion in 2016. The money raised will sup­port the pro­tec­tion of Tsi­tongam­barika For­est in Mada­gas­car and sup­port Africa’s young con­ser­va­tion lead­ers. It brings the to­tal raised by Birdfair over the past 28 years to more than £4.3mil­lion. The lat­est amount will be pre­sented to Birdlife In­ter­na­tional. This vi­tal sup­port from the 2016 event will al­low Birdlife Part­ner, Asity Mada­gas­car and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to re­alise their long-term con­ser­va­tion plans for Tsi­tongam­barika For­est. It is the only area in the south-east of the is­land that sup­ports sig­nif­i­cant ar­eas of low­land for­est, and many species of plants and an­i­mals at Tsi­tongam­barika are en­demic not just to Mada­gas­car, but also to south-east Mada­gas­car. In 2017, Birdfair’s theme is Sav­ing Par­adise in the Pacific. The event will be rais­ing funds for work on the French Poly­ne­sian is­land of Rapa Iti, where non-na­tive rats and goats are dec­i­mat­ing pop­u­la­tions of na­tive birds like the Rapa Fruit Dove and 11 threat­ened seabirds like the Rapa Shear­wa­ter. Birdfair 2017 will run from Fri­day 18 to Sun­day 20 Au­gust and tick­ets are now on sale at birdfair.org.uk

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