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Birdwatching Northumberland at British Birdwatching Fair, secures Northumberland’s place as key birdwatching destination

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Short-eared owl by Brian Rafferty

Short-eared owl by Brian Rafferty

Northumberland is further establishing its place as a key destination for birdwatching in the U.K.

This weekend a partnership of organisations from the county is joining BBC Springwatch presenters Chris Packham and Simon King at the British Birdwatching Fair in Rutland to showcase the very best the county has to offer birdwatching enthusiasts.

Representatives from Birdwatching Northumberland – a public/private partnership formed to promote the county as a prime tourist destination for birdwatchers – will be at the Birdfair from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 August at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve at Egleton, Leicestershire.

Northumberland National Park, Northumberland Coast AONB and North Pennines AONB are all represented in the consortium, alongside Northern Experience Wildlife Tours, which operates day trips and package holidays that showcase the wildlife of our region.

Martin Kitching of Northern Experience Wildlife Tours will be giving a talk at the Birdfair entitled ‘Head for the Hills: Wildlife of the North East Uplands’ in the Birdfair’s Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at 10am on Sunday 19 August.

Martin said: “Our upland areas are wild, remote and stunning, and the talk I’m giving provides an opportunity for visitors to the Birdfair to learn more about the wildlife and landscape of the North Pennines AONB and the Northumberland National Park”

Staff from the North Pennines AONB Partnership – one of the partners in Birdwatching Northumberland – will also be launching the Partnership’s free online guides to the best ‘bird walks’ in the North Pennines.

Birdwalks is a new series of attractive downloadable PDFs giving details of 10 spectacular walks in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, highlighting the kinds of birdlife that can be seen in the area and the best times of year to see them. Walkers can choose the walks they want to do, download and print off the full details from the website, and take the guides along with them on their walk.

Shane Harris, the AONB Partnership’s Tourism and Communications Manager, said: “The North Pennines is composed of an intricate mix of habitats supporting a wide diversity of birdlife, such as upland waders like redshank and golden plover and rare moorland species such as the black grouse. With the downloadable ‘Birdwalks’ routes we want to give walkers the opportunity to enjoy the rich diversity of landscapes in the AONB – and perhaps spot some of our amazing birdlife along the way.”

Ten North Pennines Birdwalks are available to download now at with a further four walks to follow later in the year.

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