Pensthorpe Natural Park

New Pensthorpe Bird & Wildlife Fair 2019 showcasing NORFOLK AS ‘BIRDWATCHING CAPITAL OF BRITAIN’

A team of local nature and conservation experts are coming together to host a brand new bird and wildlife fair showcasing why Norfolk is renowned as ‘the birdwatching capital of Britain’. The Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair will be held at Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019, and will be a celebration of nature-spotting in Norfolk. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the fields of optic equipment, wildlife-inspired art and crafts, books and nature holidays.

Nature and wildlife experts Simon King OBE and Mike Dilger and one of Britain’s best-known birders, Bill Oddie OBE, will be making guest appearances at the fair and will and give insightful talks and guided walks. 

Renowned for his presenting work on popular series such as Big Cat Diary, Springwatch and Autumnwatch, Simon is a passionate conservationist and has been creating natural history films for more than 30 years, including as cameraman on The Blue Planet and Planet Earth. In 2015 he launched the Simon King Wildlife Project, which is a registered charity dedicated to land restoration, education and engagement in the natural world.

The One Show wildlife reporter Mike Dilger, who first became a household name on Britain’s Wild Invaders in 2000, is an ecologist, natural history presenter and writer. TV work has included Nature’s Top 40, Wild Gardens, The Nature of Britain and Nature’s Calendar. 

Wildlife presenter and conservationist Bill Oddie OBE, who has presented popular TV programmes including Springwatch and Autumnwatch, originally helped to secure Pensthorpe as the host of Springwatch from 2008 after seeing the diversity of wildlife it has to offer. Bill Oddie will present a ‘look back at the highs and lows of my birdwatching life’, talking about his passion for birds over 70 years.

The fair will highlight the county’s credentials as a birding and wildlife hotspot and shine a light on the myriad of extraordinary species attracted to the area. April and May are the peak times for spring bird migration so the event provides a weekend for birders to visit Pensthorpe, renowned for its wildlife and birding credentials, and stay in the county right in the middle of the busy migratory period.



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The event will be hosted by the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT), a charity dedicated to creating a centre of excellence in ecological restoration, promoting sustainable farming and researching, breeding and protecting threatened species. The PCT counts environmental heavy-weights Professor David Bellamy OBE as its Honorary Vice President, Dr George Archibald CM as Trustee and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh as its patron.

Tickets £8 per person. Under 3s and Pensthorpe Annual Members are free. 


About Pensthorpe Natural Park. A 700 acre park in Fakenham where a wide range of birds stop off, as well as live, among the wetlands and farmed fields. Take one of the walking trails to explore areas with the best sightings such as oystercatchers, snipes, great-crested grebes, lapwings and treecreepers. Between October and April you will be treated to skeins of pink-footed geese who visit north Norfolk in their hundreds of thousands from their breeding grounds in Greenland and Iceland. There are plenty of bird feeding events and wardens on hand to help you get closer to nature.