Video: More than a dozen species netted and ringed at first Norfolk Bird Fair

Norfolk's first ever bird fair at Mannington Hall. Wing and a Prayer wild bird rehabilitation centre's Lil and Bekki with southern white faced owls Rik and Gizmo. Photo: Steve Adams Norfolk's first ever bird fair at Mannington Hall. Wing and a Prayer wild bird rehabilitation centre's Lil and Bekki with southern white faced owls Rik and Gizmo. Photo: Steve Adams

Monday, May 19, 2014
7:40 AM

Birds from all over the world were celebrated at a new event held at Mannington Hall in north Norfolk.

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Norfolk's first ever bird fair at Mannington Hall. Scoping it out at the optics tent. Photo; Steve AdamsNorfolk's first ever bird fair at Mannington Hall. Scoping it out at the optics tent. Photo; Steve Adams

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.

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