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Bill Oddie OBE added to Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair line-up

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Bill Oddie OBE added to Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair line-up

Pensthorpe Natural Park has added one of Britain’s best-known birders, Bill Oddie OBE, to its programme of guest speakers at the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019 and announced an exciting programme of talks at the two-day event.

Wildlife presenter and conservationist Bill Oddie OBE, who has presented popular TV programmes including Springwatch and Autumnwatch, will join well-known TV naturalists Simon King OBE and Mike Dilger, along with other bird and wildlife experts, at the event, which aims to highlight the county’s credentials as a birding and wildlife hotspot.

Visitors can look forward to both male and female experts from the world of television, conservation and birdwatching giving talks on both days. Highlights include speakers from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, Joe Harkness of Bird Therapy, who recently appeared on Winterwatch with Chris Packham talking about the healing power of birds, as well as wildlife photographers sharing their tips on capturing incredible footage.

Talks not to be missed include ‘The trials and tribulations of a wildlife presenter’, ‘Exploring therapeutic benefits of birdwatching for mental health and wellbeing’, ‘Project Godwit – Black-tailed godwits and the race to save them’ and ‘Conservation in Norfolk: bringing back the wild to our lives’. 

Bill Oddie OBE originally helped to secure Pensthorpe as the host of Springwatch from 2008 after seeing the diversity of wildlife it has to offer and will present a ‘Look back at the highs and lows of my birdwatching life’, talking about his passion for birds over 70 years at the event.

Bill says: “Pensthorpe has wetlands, woodland, reed beds, farm buildings, ducklings and goslings, swallows, house martins zipping in and out of the barns, and spotted flycatchers nesting in the ivy. May is a time when the grass is alive with hundreds of froglets, and at night security lighting attracts moths of all shapes and sizes, and I remember when Mike Dilger and I did a morning moth round! Pensthorpe is the best place to see wildlife and birds, and there is fascination, science and fun. See you there!”

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Here is the full speaker programme for the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair* …

Saturday 18th May

  • 10.30am - Craig Jones ‘Norfolk Rhapsody’ (Garden Room)
  • 11am – Chrissie Kelley ‘Corncrakes in the Wensum Valley’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 11.15am - Rick & Elis Simpson ‘Waders in the Wash’ (Garden Room)
  • 12pm – Simon King OBE ‘An Audience with Simon King in association with Zeiss’ (Lecture Marquee)

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  • 12pm - Hannah Ward ‘Project Godwit’ (Garden Room)
  • 12.45pm - David North ‘Nature Matters: From Global to the Local’ (Garden Room)
  • 1pm – Bill Oddie ‘Look back at the highs and lows of birdwatching life’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 1.30pm - Joe Harkness ‘Bird Therapy- Exploring therapeutic benefits of birdwatching for mental health and wellbeing’ (Garden Room)
  • 2pm - Nick Acheson ‘Conservation in Norfolk: bringing back the wild to our lives’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 2.15pm - Jack Perks ‘Beneath the Waterline’ (Garden Room)
  • 3pm – Mike Dilger, in association with Swarovski ‘The trials and tribulations of a wildlife presenter’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 3pm - Justin Carr ‘Swarovski Optic Techniques for Successful Digiscoping’ (Garden Room)
  • 3.45pm - Damon Bridge ‘The power of the crane- a force for wetland conservation’ (Garden Room)
  • 4pm - Lizzie Bruce ‘The future of RSPB Titchwell’ (Lecture Marquee)

Sunday 19th May

  • 10.30am - Damon Bridge ‘The power of the crane- a force for wetland conservation’ (Garden Room)
  • 11am - Lizzie Bruce ‘The future of RSPB Titchwell’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 11.15am - Craig Jones ‘Norfolk Rhapsody’ (Garden Room)
  • 12pm - Mike Dilger, in association with Swarovski ‘The trials and tribulations of a wildlife presenter’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 12pm – Samantha Lee ‘Turtle Doves’ (Garden Room)
  • 12.45pm - Lucy McRobert ‘365 Days Wild: how to enjoy nature every day of the year’ (Garden Room)
  • 1pm - Nick Acheson ‘Conservation in Norfolk: bringing back the wild to our lives’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 1.30pm - Justin Carr ‘Swarovski Optic Techniques for Successful Digiscoping’ (Garden Room)
  • 2pm - Simon King OBE ‘An Audience with Simon King in association with Zeiss’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 2.15pm - Joe Harkness ‘Bird Therapy- Exploring therapeutic benefits of birdwatching for mental health and wellbeing’ (Garden Room)
  • 3pm - Bill Oddie ‘Look back at the highs and lows of birdwatching life’ (Lecture Marquee)
  • 3pm - Steve Cale ‘Secret Lives- A glimpse into the world of nightjars’ (Garden Room)
  • 4pm - Chrissie Kelley ‘Corncrakes in the Wensum Valley’ (Lecture Marquee)

Pensthorpe Natural Park will announce its programme of guided walks shortly.

The event will be hosted by Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT), a charity dedicated to creating a centre of excellence in ecological restoration, promoting sustainable farming and researching, breeding and protecting threatened species. PCT counts environmental heavy-weights Professor David Bellamy OBE as its Honorary Vice President, Dr George Archibald CM as Trustee and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh as its patron.

The event will bring together experts in the fields of optic equipment, wildlife-inspired arts and crafts, books and nature holidays.

Tickets cost £8 per person. Under 3’s and Pensthorpe Annual Members are free. Parking is free. Dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed in the main reserve.

For more information about the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair, the speakers and their talks, or to book tickets visit pensthorpe.com/birdfair or call 01328 851465.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:38

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