August 20 2014 Latest news:
Monday, May 19, 2014
Birds from all over the world were celebrated at a new event held at Mannington Hall in north Norfolk.
The two-day Norfolk Bird Fair saw wildlife experts, photographers, artists and enthusiasts gather in the grounds of the stately home, to hear lectures on everything from Norwich Cathedral’s peregrine falcons to the birds of the Falklands. There was also a chance to watch bird ringing by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)and visit a wide range of charity and commercial stalls with wildlife links.
The weekend event was organised by husband and wife wildlife photographers Robert and Jill Wilson, of Surlingham, who own Rapture Photographics in Norwich’s Hall Lane.
During the fair the BTO netted and ringed at least 13 species including reed bunting, blackcap and tree creeper. A rare firecrest was also spotted in a pine tree in Mannington’s grounds.
“Norfolk is the home of bird watching and so this seemed a logical place to do this,” said Mr Wilson.