19th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am The Big Blue - The World of Whales, Baha, California by Steve Lovell   If you are going to take one whale watching trip in your lifetime - this is it! Blues, Humpbacks, Friendly...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Lesvos Spring Migration Magic by Gina Beebe Nichol   In late April and early May, a continual stream of migrating birds pass over the Greek Island of Lesvos as...

10:30 am - 10:50 am A Wildlife Cruise around the Galapagos Islands by Andy Tucker   Sponsored by Naturetrek Andy talks us through the highlights of a Galapagos cruise with some stunning images, answering some of...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Raptor Persecution in the Scottish Highlands by Sir John Lister-Kaye   Sir John Lister-Kaye OBE., FRSGS, vice president of RSPB and director of Aigas Field Centre, discusses raptor persecution in the...

11:30 am - 11:50 am A self-drive through central and northern Namibia and Botswana by Frank McClintock   An illustrated report of a 3 week self-drive birding tour of central and northern Namibia and Botswana, (which took in...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm The huge diversity of birds and their habitat in Colombia by Vaughan Ashby   Sponsored by Colombia With the highest number of bird species on Earth; not far short of 2,000, Colombia is a...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Somerset's Wetland Wonderland by Stephen Moss   In sight of Glastonbury Tor, the Avalon Marshes is Britain's newest wetland wonderland. Seven species of heron, cranes and the...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Birding Tobago by Newton George   A description of the island with birding sites and birds found on the island.

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Ethiopia’s Wildlife Highlights by Tim Melling   Sponsored by Naturetrek Home to an incredible variety of wildlife found nowhere else on the planet, Naturetrek Tour leader Tim...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Birds and mammals on the Ganges River - a journey along India's Holy River by Raj Singh   The Indian state of West Bengal stretches from the high Himalayas of Darjeeling down to the Bay of Bengal, from...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Morocco’s Mountains & Deserts by Tim Melling   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, describes the birding and scenic highlights of this friendly North African nation...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Birding in Colombia's Coffee Region: A Guide for First-Time Travellers by Nidia Penagos and Fabio Arias   Sponsored by Colombia Discover why Colombia’s Coffee Region is the next hot spot for birders and nature lovers. Learn logistics...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Butterfly Brothers – gardening for wildlife by Jim Ashton and Joel Ashton   How and why we create gardens for wildlife, and the importance of doing so.

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Tango from the Andes to the Atlantic - Argentina's best birds by James Lowen   Argentina is all about tango, steak and gaucho cowboys - but also offers fantastic birding amidst stunning scenery. Join award-winning wildlife-travel...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Thailand – The Riches of Asia by Keith Valentine   Thailand offers up an extraordinary volume of classic Asian birds. Beautiful habitat abounds resulting in an exceptional birding experience. This...

19th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Northumberland - all-year round mammal watching by Martin Kitching   Red Squirrel, Otter, Grey Seal, White-beaked Dolphin; just a few of Northumberland’s mammals to tempt you into a journey to...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Southern Europe Montagu´s Harrier Population - a new conservation model by Manuel Morales   Sponsored by Andalucia With intensive agriculture and new varieties of cereals, population of Montagu´s Harrier and other steppic birds are...

10:30 am - 10:50 am The future of Titchwell by Lizzie Bruce   Located on the North Norfolk coast Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPB’s most famous nature reserves. Discover our plans...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Birding Colombia – the Cauca Valley, western Andes and Santa Marta Mountains by Andy Tucker   Sponsored by Naturetrek Andy talks us through the highlights of a 2-week birding trip in Colombia, touching on logistics, security...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Rutland Water Nature Reserve – Beyond Birdfair by Matt Cottam   Mat Cottam, Manager of Rutland Water Nature Reserve, invites you to take a whistle-stop tour of the site – past,...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Polar Bears and all the wildlife of Svalbard by Kevin Shaw   Sponsored by Heatherlea Polar Bears, Walrus, birding and the extreme far north brought to life by Kevin, who will host...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm The Jaguars & other Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal by Tim Melling   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, takes us on a wildlife journey through the waterways of Brazil’s Pantanal...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm How to plan an African Safari for first-timers and seasoned travellers alike by John Berry   "Where, why and when for first-timers” plus tips and ideas for old hands on how to uncover some of Africa’s...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Birding in France - did you know it’s getting better by Tony Williams   In the form of a quiz, we’ll ask the audience several questions about interesting and well known, or less well...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm What, Where and When of Bird finding in the Australian Top End - by Mick Jerram   Sponsored by Australia's Northern Territory An outline of the birdwatchers key targets in the Top end; where to find them...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Pantanal - the biggest wetland on earth by Lucas Marti   In the heart of South America you can find the biggest wetland on earth: land of the mighty Jaguar and...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Outer Hebrides, April - October by Phil Knott   Sponsored by Heatherlea Lewis and Harris are wonderful birding destinations, with exciting resident species, many passage migrants and constant changes...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Great bird reserves - The Farne Islands by David Steel   The Farne Islands represent one of Britain’s most accessible and awe-inspiring nature reserves with spectacular seabird colonies and large Grey...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Gone too long – The Poole Harbours Osprey translocation project by Paul Morton and Tim Mackrill   Join project leaders Paul Morton and Tim Mackrill as they talk about the most recent Osprey translocation project in the...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm The Route of 100 Birds (Malaga, Southern Spain) by Luis Alberto Rodriguez   A Birding Holiday Opportunity on the Costa del Sol. Nobody relates this natural heaven with a typical sun-and-beach tourist destination...

19th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Owls - secrets of the night by Mike Toms
Mike Toms explores the beauty of owls, highlighting the gaps in our current understanding and the research BTO is undertaking...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Life in a garden pond by Neil Phillips
Garden ponds are a great way to attract birds and other wildlife, but are you aware of the world beneath...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Penguins, Prions & Petrels – Wildlife Cruising Around The Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica by Tim Melling
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, takes us on the ultimate wildlife and scenery cruise to The Falklands,...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Working with Wildlife by Tesni Ward
Sponsored by Olympus See what it’s like using the Olympus OMD EM1 mkII for wildlife & bird photography.   For...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Now for Nature – celebrating young naturalists saving nature now by Beth Aucott
A celebration of some of the young conservationists who are already making their mark in the world of conservation. Contrary...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Birding optics Q&A by David Chandler and Matt Merritt
A quick introduction to binoculars and telescopes for birding, with some hints on what to look for if you are...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Champions of the Flyway 2018 by Ruth Miller & Alan Davies
Sponsored by Leica Bird-racing for conservation: 24 hours of birding mayhem. Find out how the first-ever team from Wales, the...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Argentina, your next Eco-Tourism destination by Claudina Gonzalez
Sponsored by Argentina Nature-based tourism is a trend in Argentina and one of its fastest growing segments. The country is...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm The Pontic Flyway - 30 years' of birding the western Black Sea coast by Paul Goriup and Pavel Simeonov
The lecture will pick up the 30th anniversary of the Bird Fair to review how the bird migration along the...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Working with Wildlife by Tesni Ward
Sponsored by Olympus See what it’s like using the Olympus OMD EM1 mkII for wildlife & bird photography.   For...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Prehistoric flying monster lands on Ruary’s hat. Find out more… by Ruary Mackenzie Dodds
Ruary took a trip to New Zealand and made some amazing discoveries about his favourite flying insects. Most birders now...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Back from the Brink - Saving England’s most threatened species from extinction by James Harding-Morris and Emma Burt
Back from the Brink is a programme that aims to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more....

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm The Nature of Iceland by David Phillips
Sponsored by Naturetrek Iceland’s location, isolation, climate, topography and geology have resulted in a unique natural history. David talks about...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm British Solitary Bees - An Introduction to their Ecology and Identification by Ryan Clark
There are around 250 bee species in Britain, most of these are solitary bees. This talk will introduce you to...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Wild Honduras by Nigel Marven
Nigel will show clips and share behind the scenes stories from his new documentary. A world premiere of nesting resplendent...

19th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am In Catalonia we can spot more than 200 different bird species in 1 day! by Ricard Gutiérrez
Do you imagine seeing more than 200 bird species in one day? In Catalonia this is possible! 443 bird species...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Why Lithuania must be your next birding destination! by Marius Karlonas
Marius Karlonas is an experienced ornithologist and nature guide from Lithuania and will share his insights on the highlights of...

10:30 am - 10:50 am A vole in the hand is worth two tigers in the bush! by Kathy Gill and Andy Jefferies
Kathy and Andy share the magic and wonder of close-up encounters with wildlife gained through their special brand of wildlife...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Discovering the secrets of Mexico’s cloud forests by Roberto Pedraza Ruiz
This lecture is sponsored by World Land Trust Working in some of the wildest areas in Mexico, Roberto Pedraza Ruiz...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Meadow Magic by Angela Hewitt
Angela spent 10 years converting an over improved field into rich wild flower meadows for the benefit of bumble bees...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Borneo’s Rare Mammals by Dan Free
Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide In recent years Borneo’s Deramakot Forest Reserve has emerged as one of the most exciting mammal...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Wildlife of the Scottish North Coast 500 Route by Darren Rees
The Scottish North Coast 500 follows miles of arguably the finest land and seascapes in Europe, jammed with spectacular wildlife,...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Brown bears in the Cantabrian Mountains by Arturo de Frias Marques
The recovery of the Brown Bear population in the Cantabrian Mountains around Asturias is one of the most successful conservation...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Steppes and wetlands in Eastern Austria by Harald Grabenhofer
The flat plains east of Lake Neusiedl provide a unique mosaic of pastures, soda-pans, reedbeds and cultureland. This region crossborder...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Anteaters and Antpittas - saving threatened habitats and species in South America by Charlotte Beckham
This lecture is sponsored by World Land Trust Hear how the World Land Trust has worked with its in-country partners...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm The secret life of flies by Erica McAlister
The most maligned of the insects; the filthy and disease spreading pests of our planet. But is this fair? Instead...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Exploring Africa's most unique country - Ethiopia by Ben Cherry
Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide Join Ben as he takes you on a journey through Ethiopia, an incredible country full of...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm The Real Birding Hotspots of Costa Rica by Sergio Arias
Discover with Costa Rican Sergio Arias the true birding hotspots of the country in the 6 ecoregions from the Caribbean...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Ornitholidays – The first established birdwatching company in the world, ready for the new beginning! by Sara Genovese
Back in 1965, some 53 years ago, the first birdwatching company in the world was established. Over the years it...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Wild nights, for wildlife by Phoebe Smith
Meet adventurer, presenter and author Phoebe Smith. She likes to sleep wild - from caves to mountain tops, under boulders,...