Several large marquees packed with anything and everything associated with birds and wildlife as well as a wealth of lectures and events to keep you busily occupied for the whole of the three days or as long as you decide to spend there.
Arrived on Saturday morning and spent most of the day wandering around the various stalls while playing celebrity bingo - spotting all the well known wildlife experts who were either doing book signings or giving lectures.
Great to also see the guys (and gal) from our Serbia trip earlier this year had their own stand and were also the topic of one of David Lindo's lectures. Fantastic place and a shame the talk was so short - there is so much to see in Serbia that it really was just a quick picture tour or the trip.
|David Lindo & Bill Oddie signing books.|
There were also events and talks at other stands around the site, including the Anglian Birdwatching Centre, so often a brisk walk required from one side of the site to another, passing through a marquee on the way to check out another stand I'd seen on the list of exhibitors.
Plenty of shopping opportunities too - bird related or otherwise, although I came away with just a dragonfly book, butterfly conservation membership and resisted the more expensive temptations in the Optics marquee.
There's also a good selection of food on site - simple but straight forward - burger and coffee options in various places, ice creams doing well as the weather was great and a food tent with self service and BBQ choices. They were even open for an evening meal on the Saturday as I stayed late and gave Milan (Birdwatching Serbia) a lift back to his pub B&B and then headed to the YHA where I'd booked in for the night. Fine if it hadn't been for a loudly snoring room mate (I forgot the earplugs).
|David Lindo - Urban birding|
An osprey put in an appearance, as did a few dunlin and greenshank. A black tern or possibly two were in amongst the common terns on the sand banks.
Did the same at the end of the day and it was standing room only in the hide as everyone had the same idea to avoid the traffic rush. Saw the osprey again - three this time, black tailed godwit, two little stint in with the dunlin and a distant whimbrel.