Stars join the crowds at new Pensthorpe wildlife fair
Some of Britain’s leading wildlife experts were among the star attractions during a new event at a popular nature reserve near Fakenham.
Around 2,500 people are estimated to have attended the inaugural Bird and Wildlife Fair held at the Pensthorpe Wildlife Park at the weekend.
And officials are already planning for 2020 in the hope of establishing the fair as a permanent event.
Site owner Bill Jordan said: “Our aim was to celebrate Norfolk as the birdwatching capital of Britain, showcase all the extraordinary species we attract here and talk about conservation issues, and I think that we have done just that.
“What was lovely to see was how it attracted experienced wildlife enthusiasts, as well as people who just enjoy feeding their garden birds and families who want their children to be inspired and learn about some of the amazing wildlife that calls Norfolk home.”
Around 50 exhibitors took part in the fair, which also included a series of guided walks, demonstrations, book signings and talks by leading personalities including Bill Oddie and Simon King.
Mr King said the fair had been held at the perfect time, adding: “The natural world is a constant source of inspiration and Norfolk is prolific as being the most amazing county for birdwatching and nature as it is buzzing with wildlife. Pensthorpe really is the hub for that.”
Part of the weekend’s proceeds will be donated to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to help manage wetland areas in the Broads National Park.
Chief executive Pamela Abbott said: “It was fabulous to see so many people enjoying the wonderful array of talks and exhibitions in the wildlife-rich setting of Pensthorpe.
“We are delighted to be the charity beneficiary of the fair and the funds raised will make a valuable contribution to the management of globally significant wetlands.”