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Award-winning Scottish Birdfair takes off…

…in the Year of Natural Scotland

Thousands of wildlife lovers are expected to attend the second annual Scottish Birdfair on the 11th and 12th May. Held in the stunning grounds of Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, the event has been billed as a ‘must’ for anyone interested in Scotland’s birds, animals, and wild places. Organised by RSPB Scotland, the event attracted some 5,000 wildlife enthusiasts and professionals in its first year and is set to return bigger and better than ever. With over 100 wildlife related exhibiting stands, ranging from state-of-the-art optics to the latest in wildlife technology, holidays, books and artwork, there will be something for everyone.

A range of informative talks from conservation experts, guided walks, bird ringing demonstrations and special workshops, as well as locally sourced food and cooking demonstrations will be on offer. And there’s lots to keep the little one’s entertained with fun-packed activities including storytelling, crafts, puppet shows, pony rides and much more.

All the proceeds raised over the weekend will go towards conserving and protecting Scottish wildlife including the elusive corncrake, a rare farmland bird and a Scottish conservation success story.

Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland said: “In this Year of Natural Scotland, the Scottish Birdfair is not just a celebration of Scotland’s amazing wildlife, it provides an ideal opportunity for people to learn more about nature and enjoy a family day away from city life. There are fascinating talks, tips and ideas to try out in the garden, guided walks and interactive workshops for all ages. Whether you’re new to watching wildlife, or an old hand like me, this is a great opportunity to discover Scotland’s natural environment and meet the experts.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for Event Scotland added: “The Scottish Birdfair is a hugely exciting event with a broad programme appealing to anyone with an interest in wildlife and Scotland’s great outdoors. 2013 is of course the Year of Natural Scotland, and what better way to celebrate than with the Scottish Birdfair in the Hopetoun House grounds.”

Selected as one of the flagship events for the Scottish Government’s Year of Natural Scotland, it is hoped the event will attract even more people in its second year, generating new revenue for the region, raising vital funds for Scottish conservation and introducing the public from across the UK to the wealth of spectacular wildlife in Scotland.

For more information about the Scottish Birdfair and to purchase tickets visit http://www.scottishbirdfair.org.uk/buy-a-ticket/

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4th July 2014