16th August 2014 - Birdfair

August is my favourite time of year - it has a week that involves the Great British Beer Festival, Birdfair and Alton Towers.  Genius.

I adore Birdfair, it's great fun going round all the stalls marvelling at birds you've never even heard of before, catching up with people you haven't seen in a while and eating lots of samples of chocolate from around the world.

I had three highlights this year:

Next Generation Birders - it was great to meet lots more members of this brilliant organisation for young (between 13 and 25) birders.  If you're in that age group I'd thoroughly recommend checking them out.

Facebook group

I love spiders and had a brilliant time discovering the fantastic Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes Plantarius).  It is a large, absolutely gorgeous spider which lives in lowland wetlands.  It unfortunately is red listed by the IUCN and is endangered in the UK.  For more information, check out this website.

Finally, I had admired his wonderful artwork at the last Birdfair but got a chance to speak with the great Leigh Charman this time.  His bird artwork is wonderful and in such a unique style, it really cheers me up.


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