Special Evening Events

We are pleased to announce two very special evening events to be held at Birdfair 2016. The events will be held after Birdfair closes for the day in the Events Marquee, at 7.30pm. Entry will not be permitted before 6pm on to the Birdfair site (unless you have been at Birdfair during the day). E-tickets are available for both events in the secure ticket box at the bottom of this page. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door. We advise to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Both evenings are not to be missed!


Rewilding Britain present: Chris Packham hosting Helen Meech, Derek Gow and Simon Barnes – Bringing nature to life, restoring living systems

Sponsored by Canon UK Ltd

In the Events Marquee, 7.30pm, Friday 19th August 2016

Rewilding Britain

Chris Packham interviews a panel of experts, exploring what Rewilding Britain means to them, for conservation and how you can get involved.

So what is rewilding? It’s all about bringing nature back to life and restoring living systems.

Rewilding offers an ecological restoration plan focusing on the long term and seeing things differently, taking a new approach to the natural world and allowing nature to thrive. The ambition is for a radical change in how we work with nature in Britain, including the reintroduction of long lost native species.

Many well-known British species have declined catastrophically over the past century. We’ve lost more of our large mammals than any other European country except Ireland.

It’s all about bringing nature back to life, restoring living systems and securing positives such as clean air and water, carbon storage and flood control. With the disruption caused by localised extreme weather, rewilding can help by preventing flooding, storing carbon and helping us adapt to climate change.

Rewilding Britain is essential to stop the decline in nature. It offers a positive vision of nature for parts of Britain’s land and seas which have been in decline for too long. It seeks to improve public understanding of the living world and our place within it.

Helen Meech – Director of Rewilding Britain
Derek Gow – Conservation and reintroduction specialist
Simon Barnes – Author, journalist and widely travelled conservation expert

"Rewilding holds out hope of a richer living planet that can once more fill our lives with wonder and enchantment”

George Monbiot

“Wolves, lynx and other magnificent missing species would revitalise our living and enrich our lives.”

Chris Packham


An Evening with Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan & Miloš Milivojevic

Sponsored by Viking Optical

In the Events Marquee, 7.30pm, Saturday 20th August 2016

Craig Ogden

One of the UK’s best and most recorded guitarists. When Craig isn’t playing with the main UK orchestras or recording number 1 albums, he is head of guitar at the Northern College of Music. A treat for all music lovers.

Find out more: http://www.craigogden.com/

Gary Ryan

UK guitarist Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading players and has won international critical acclaim for his exceptional technical control, profound musical insight and entertaining recital programmes

Find out more: http://garyryan.co.uk/

Miloš Milivojevic

Recently elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, this young accordion virtuoso will wow you with his talent. Miloš’s debut solo CD will be released on Nimbus label in 2016

Find out more: http://milosmilivojevic.com/

This year’s exciting programme will include:

  • P.I Tchaikovsky  Trepak
  • Astor Piazzolla   Soledad
  • Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5
  • Erik Satie  Gymnopedie no.1
  • Enrique Granados   Spanish Dance no. 5
  • Isaac Albeniz  Sevilla
  • Gary Ryan  Benga Beat


  • Mauro Giuliani  Sinfonia, after “El Barbero de Sevilla”
  • Gary Ryan  Lough Caragh
  • Astor Piazzolla  Milonga del Angel
  • Viacheslav Semenov  Don Rhapsody
  • Astor Piazzolla  Libertango
  • Django Reinhardt  Minor Swing
  • Traditional  Bugarsko oro
  • Virtuozna Harmonika

Follow these YouTube links to see the artists playinng various pieces:

Craig Ogden playing Romance

Gary Ryan playing Benga Beat

Milos Milivojevic playing Adagio by Alessandro Marcel


Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Purchase Tickets

Please use the secure payment box to purchase your Birdfair evening event tickets. Please print out the tickets and bring them with you on the day. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.