24 August 2015

Birdfair 2015

Last weekend was my ninth British Birdfair running a stand with Rachel to represent REGUA. This year I attended just Saturday and Sunday (22nd - 23rd) and had more time than usual to explore the Birdfair and catch up with friends properly, especially our good friends Andy and Cristina Foster from Serra dos Tucanos and their lovely daughter Olivia.

As with previous years, lots of interest at the stand with plenty of people coming by to tell us they are booked at the lodge or have recently been. It was great to finally see Tom Kompier's book A field guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Serra dos Orgaos in print and we completely sold out of the new REGUA publication Field Guide to the Birds of the Serra dos Órgãos and Surrounding Area by Daniel and Gabriel Mello and Francisco Mallet-Rodrigues (review to follow soon).

Attended an excellent talk with Pete Alfrey by Stuart Ball on hoverflies and I finally managed to get hold of a good condition copy of Eric Hosking's Owls - the book that had by far most influence on me as a child. No time for any birding over the weekend but a kingfisher in Stamford town centre on 22nd and a Red Kite over the A606 by Rutland Water on 23rd were noteworthy.

Rachel and I would like to thank Sue Healey, Andrew Proudfoot, Alan Martin and Ken Sutton for their invaluable help on the stand.

The REGUA stand team (minus Ken Sutton) - from the left: Sue Healet, Andrew Proudfoot, Rachel Walls, me and Alan Martin
(photo by Dominic Mitchell)

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