Here are some of the personalities who will be at Birdfair 2019:

Chris Packham

Chris is well known as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker. As a broadcaster he is a presenter of BBC’s BAAFTA Award winning Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series. In May 2016 Chris’s autobiography, 'Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir', was released to critical acclaim, reaching number 1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers in just 2 weeks. Chris is a vociferous opponent of the badger cull and a leading campaigner in the call to ban driven grouse shooting. Chris is the Vice President of the RSPB. He is a co-founder of Wild Justice, an organisation set up to fight for wildlife.

Chris was awarded a CBE in 2019 for services to nature conservation.

Isabella Tree
Isabella Tree is an award-winning travel writer and author, married to the conservationist Sir Charles Burrell. Her latest book ‘Wilding’ tells the story of their daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex. The Knepp experience challenges conventional ideas about our past and present landscape, and points the way to a wilder, richer future — a countryside that benefits farming, nature and us.
Mark Carwardine
Mark Carwardine is a zoologist who received widespread recognition for his Last Chance to See conservation expeditions - first with Douglas Adams - and then with Stephen Fry 20 years later. Since then he has become a leading and outspoken conservationist, and a prolific broadcaster, columnist and photographer.
Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper CBE is an environmental campaigner, writer and sustainability advisor who has served as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and President of the Wildlife Trusts.

He is currently Chairman of Natural England.

Hannah Stitfall

Hannah is an accomplished Zoologist and wildlife filmmaker who presents and produces for BBC Earth online, as well as being part of the BBC Springwatch digital team. With a keen eye for social media trends she self-shoots and presents her own wildlife shorts alongside public speaking and hopes to inspire others to become as passionate about the natural world as she is, one laugh at a time.

Philip Lymbery

Philip Lymbery is Chief Executive of the leading international farm animal welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming, Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester and Vice-President of Eurogroup for Animals, Brussels. He is an award winning author, ornithologist, photographer, naturalist and self-confessed animal advocate. For 25 years Philip has worked extensively on animal welfare issues, wildlife and the environment.

Carrie Symonds
Carrie Symonds works at Oceana as an ocean conservationist focussed on tackling plastic pollution. She is the former Director of Communications for the Conservatives where she helped push a new green agenda and promoted policies on animal welfare.
Iolo Williams
Iolo Williams is a Welsh naturalist, broadcaster, public speaker and writer who’s worked in conservation for over 30 years. He is most widely known as a popular member of the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch presenting team and for presenting series such as Wild Wales, Rugged Wales and Great Welsh Parks for BBC 2.
Stephen Moss
Stephen has had a career at the BBC spanning almost three decades mainly in the world-famous Natural History Unit in Bristol. One of the longest standing supporters of Birdfair. Stephen's contribution is always gratefully received.
Simon King
Simon's professional life led to him filming and co-presenting the long-running series Big Cat Diary alongside Jonathan Scott which followed the progress of lions, leopards and cheetahs in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Mike Dilger
Mike Dilger is an English ecologist, ornithologist and television presenter who is best known for being a wildlife reporter on the BBC television programme The One Show.
Jonathan & Angela Scott
Jonathan and Angie Scott live in Kenya in Africa and spend much of their time in the company of African wildlife. Their wildlife photography, wildlife pencil drawings, and wildlife books have won awards and recognition throughout the world. Jonathan is the presenter of the BBC's wildlife television programme Big Cat Diary, and is a popular after dinner speaker and lectures at select venues around the world. The Scott's have dedicated much of their lives to wildlife conservation and are Patrons of a number of wildlife conservation societies.
Nick Baker
Nick Baker is an English naturalist and television presenter, notably on Children's BBC's The Really Wild Show. Nick has become a household name who can be relied upon to guarantee excellent viewing with his ease of presentation and exemplary understanding of his subject.
David Lindo
David is a naturalist, writer, broadcaster, speaker, photographer, wildlife tour leader and educationist who is well known as The Urban Birder.
Nigel Marven

Nigel Marven is a British wildlife TV presenter, television producer, author and birdwatcher.

In nearly three decades of producing and presenting wildlife films for television, naturalist and adventurer Nigel has swum with sharks and wrested with alligators. He's slithered with snakes, crawled with insects, donated his own blood to mosquito's, leeches and giant kissing bugs in the twin interests of science and TV entertainment! Nigel has travelled to around 100 countries on all continents, and filmed a whole array of species of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects.

Deborah Meaden

Deborah Meaden is a business woman & investor and panel member on BBC Dragons Den.

Deborah has a keen interest in wildlife protection & animal welfare issues and is a fellow of WWF, Ambassador for Marine Conservation Society and Trustee of the Tusk Trust and a judge for the Observer Ethical Awards.

Dominic Dyer

Dominic Dyer is a Wildlife Protection Campaigner, Writer and Broadcaster.  He is currently CEO of the Badger Trust & British Wildlife Advocate for Born Free Foundation.

Dominic is also a Board member of Wildlife and Countryside Link and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (Veterinary Nurses Council)

Adrian Cale

Adrian is a wildlife filmmaker, broadcaster and writer filming and producing wildlife programmes for television. These include ‘The Great Butterfly Adventure: Africa to Britain with the Painted Lady’ for the BBC, ‘Panda Babies’ for ITV and ‘Chimp School’ for National Geographic. He is a passionate naturalist, a keen birder and an ambassador for the Young Peoples Trust for the Environment (YPTE).

Amy-Jane Beer

Amy is a biologist and writer. She earned a PhD studying sea urchins, then spent several years in wildlife publishing before going freelance.

Her books include Cool Nature and Spotlight Sparrows. She is a columnist for British Wildlife, a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine, and writes Country Diaries and other content for the Guardian.

In 2018 she contributed to the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife as Minster for Social Inclusion and Access to Nature.

 

Lucy McRobert

Lucy McRobert is a wildlife storyteller. Her first book, 365 Days Wild (William Collins, 2019) offers 365 ways to make nature part of your life every day. She is a columnist for Birdwatch magazine and has written for BBC Wildlife, Birdwatching, and the acclaimed Seasons (Elliott & Thompson, 2016).

In 2015, she was placed 38th on BBC Wildlife first wildlife power list.

Passionate about encouraging the next generation of nature conservationists, she co-founded the youth nature network, A Focus On Nature.

She is a keen birder and wildlife-watcher.

Rob Lambert

Dr Rob Lambert is an environment academic at the University of Nottingham, birder & naturalist, broadcaster and expedition ship lecturer. He is currently Vice-President of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Ambassador for Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, having previously served as Vice-President of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. In 2012, he co-founded A Focus on Nature (AFON).

Rob has worked as a contributor, talking head expert or script consultant on a number of television and radio documentaries, including: Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival; Birds Britannia; The Making of Scotland’s Landscape; When Britain went Wild; Why the British Love Wildlife; Torrey Canyon: toxic tide.

Most importantly and nerve-rackingly, Rob was runner-up in ‘Wild Brain of Britain’ at Birdfair in 2011 & 2012!

Isla Hodgson

Isla is a conservation scientist specialising in the management of human-wildlife conflicts. She earned her PhD in 2018 studying the contentious debates around raptor conservation and driven grouse shooting in Scotland, and has since advised on projects for Scottish government, WWF and the Luc Hoffman Institute. On the subject of conflict, she has produced a radio documentary for BBC Scotland and has written articles for BBC Wildlife and New Nature.


Before heading down the path less travelled of conflict resolution and environmental peacebuilding, Isla began life as a zoologist. She still keeps her toes in the water – metaphorically and literally – through her work as a writer and wildlife guide. Isla’s first book, Hidden Nature, was released in 2018 and she currently works as a marine guide for Basking Shark Scotland around the Inner Hebrides.


Isla is also passionate about supporting and celebrating the youth conservation movement, and aims to promote young voices through her role as associate director for A Focus On Nature, the UK’s youth nature network. AFON strives to create a safe platform for young people to connect and provides training and mentoring opportunities. Their second conference – Now for Nature – will be held in early September this year at the NHM in London.