It’s nearly a year already and I can’t wait! It’s been described as the Glastonbury for birders and nature enthusiasts and it is a great opportunity to see all our Fair to Nature conservation friends in one place.

I am of course talking about the Birdfair which starts 15th August through to the 17th at the idyllic surroundings of Rutland Water. This event tends to coincide with the harvest and a radical change in the arable farmed environment.

This Birdfair we will be hosting a Fair to Nature breakfast opposite the main catering marquee on Saturday 16th August between 09.30 and 10.30am. Of course attendees of the Birdfair and readers of this blog are welcome to attend but booking is essential, to book a place simply email Here we will also reveal the winner of the Fair to Nature farmer of the year with the award being presented by Mike Dilger, there is just one day left to vote so hurry if you haven’t already shown them your support.

Of course there is a lot more happening at the Birdfair than just that and there are some great events and talks including from our friends at the french Birdlife partner the LPO (the french equivalent of the RSPB) who together with our help and advice have sown specific plots in areas where Turtle Doves are known to occur in La Brenne. Here is a picture of my very good friend Tony Williams stood next to one of those plots listening for Turtle Doves.



In the run up to the Birdfair things out in the field are changing radically as harvest gathers pace and I guess if you are a bird, insect or mammal that lives on a farm your life is about to or already has been turned upside down. Whether you live on an organic or conventional farm the result will be the same.

I was down at a Fair to Nature farm this week and I totally realised, as I often do at this time of the year, the value of a good array of sizeable habitats on a farm providing refuge and protection for nature at this time. So working with staff at Conservation Grade these Fair to Nature farms not only have Fair to Nature habitats that provide food and shelter for a range of wildlife but they also provide refuge at this crucial time when harvest is in full swing.

To prove that point here are some photos I took just yesterday of one of those habitats at Fair to Nature farm, Great Lodge, as the combine was whirring in the background in the adjoining field.





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