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Global Bird Weekend 17th & 18th October 2020

If you’re into birding in the UK (in fact anywhere in the world!), you’ll be familiar with Tim Appleton who founded and ran the worlds first and biggest annual bird fair at Rutland Water.

Tim Appleton MBE and Richard Bonnett MD Viking Optical Ltd

Viking Optical have been very proud to be associated with the Birdfair for the last 16 years and especially the contribution this event has made to nature conservation through the donations to Birdlife International every year.

That’s why it’s a pleasure to support a new venture! 

This year, in these pandemic hit times, Tim has conceived a new initiative which will be the most inclusive birding event ever! Literally anyone and everyone can take part regardless of birding knowledge and geographical location. 

The Global Bird Weekend will also contribute directly to the eBird database which is an amazing resource with over 100,000 users who log millions of bird sightings which further our understanding of bird populations and movements.

Why get involved? By participating in and donating to Global Bird Weekend, Birdlife International will be able to help put an end to the illegal trade in wild birds which threatens many species with extinction.

Help wild birds by going birding in your local area! Every sighting is of value!

Thanks to the astounding generosity of passionate anonymous supporters, Global Bird Weekend are able to make your contribution go even further. Donors have agreed to provide match-funding for the first £50,000 raised – this means your donation will be DOUBLED, to deliver twice the impact!

It’s very easy to sign up – do it today and have a great time birding on 17th & 18th October with the added bonus that you’ll be joining a worldwide birding family and playing your part in saving wild birds!

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