Are you interested in birds and birding? Do you love nature in general? Are you concerned about conservation issues? Are you enthusiastic about photography, especially of birds and their environment?
The Walker Bay Bird Fair, the first regional event of its kind in the Overberg, will cater for all those interests and more. It will be held in the picturesque village of Stanford during the last week of February 2015.
The Walker Bay Bird Fair will replace the annual Stanford village event of the last nine years. The new – much bigger – annual event will be based on the highly successful British Bird Fair, held every year at Rutland Water, now in its 25th year and regarded as the biggest wildlife event in the world.
The entrepreneurial Stanford Bird Club has teamed up with Hermanus Bird Club, the biggest in the Overberg, to host the new Walker Bay Bird Fair. They aim to make it the biggest event of its kind in South Africa within a number of years.
Tim Appleton MBE, founder of the British fair, will be the guest speaker. He will deliver the opening address on 27 February.
The Walker Bay Bird Fair will be hosted in three exhibition marquees and the programme will comprise lectures by many top international and South African bird and environmental specialists, photographic workshops, bird-ringing demonstrations, live raptor demonstations, a photographic competition and a vendor exhibition area.
Daily birding trips in the greater Walker Bay area, led by an expert guide, will begin earlier that week.
The Overberg environmental biosphere, one of the most beautiful birding regions in the world, is under enormous ecological pressure. The Walker Bay Bird Fair will not only promote a greater interest in birding, but also highlight many aspects of conservation efforts in this region.
The organisers are fortunate to have the financial support of Strettons Gin, De Hoop Collection and Dyer Island Conservation Trust.
This article has been taken directly from: Stanford Bird Club