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The Biggest Twitch at the Birdwatchers' Spring Fair

Middleton Hall, Staffordshire 21st and 22nd May 2011

It was a packed weekend for The Biggest Twitch as we spent Friday guiding a group in and around RSPB Ynys-hir (see our blog Watching spring at RSPB Ynys hir, and then drove over to Middleton Hall in Staffordshire for the Birdwatchers' Spring Fair.

Birdwatchers Spring Fair 1

Described by some as the warm-up act for the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water in August each year, there was a good mix of everything to do with birding. There were optics stands including the Leica stand manned by Alan, bird art and photography stands, book stands including our great friends Duncan and Pieter of Wildsounds, Maria Chilvers' range of Country Innovation clothing and our good friends Sheena and Alan from Birdwatching Magazine. Outside in the glade was the RSPB gazebo, who laid on guided birding walks for visitors, as well as representation from the Wildlife Trusts.

Birdwatchers Spring Fair 2

There were illustrated talks on both Saturday and Sunday; Ruth gave a talk on The Biggest Twitch on both days, and apparently took the record for the highest number of participants!

Birdwatchers Spring Fair 3

It was great to see so many of our good birding friends including Steve Cale who designed the original Toucan logo for The Biggest Twitch, and Paul Hackett on his first return to the circuit after a serious illness.

Alan and Ruth modelling

We even took time out before the fair started to model some of the Country Innovation range for their new catalogue - Kate Moss eat your heart out!

Many thanks to Alan Richards for organising this great event!


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