The 2018 Birdfair raised an incredible £322,000 for bird conservation. Birdfair Founder and Manager Tim Appleton and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Director Simon Bentley handed over the cheque to Birdlife International’s Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita at a presentation ceremony held in March 2019. The RSPB’s Chief Executive Mike Clarke was also present.
Funds raised in 2018 will go towards creating a haven for Flamingos at Mar Chiquita in Argentina. Mar Chiquita is the biggest salt lake in South America and the fifth largest in the world: 45 miles long and 15 miles wide! As well as three species of Flamingo, many other birds depend on the lake and the money raised by Birdfair will go towards protecting this crucial site. BirdLife International, working with Argentinian BirdLife partner Aves Argentinas, will create Argentina’s newest and largest national park here.
Patricia Zurita, BirdLife Chief Executive, said “This event has always excelled in raising vast amounts of money to fund vital conservation work around the planet, and last year’s 30th Birdfair carried on this brilliant tradition. We’re incredibly grateful and look forward to updating Birdfair attendees on progress with this exciting project.”
The amount raised by Birdfair last year brings the total generated by the event, which has run annually since 1989, to over £5million. This money has supported projects across the globe, from Madagascar to Sumatra.
Tim Appleton, Birdfair founder and manager, said “Thanks to the 23,000 people who came along last August we’ve been able to make a huge difference to bird conservation in Argentina. It’s always good to know when you book your place at Birdfair you’re part of something big, and every single attendee really is making a difference for nature.”
More information about the 2018 project is available here: https://birdfair.org.uk/2018/03/06/birdfairs-2018-project-to-create-a-haven-for-argentinas-flamingos/