I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the British Birdwatching Fair on August 19, 2016. The fair last three days, it’s the largest of its type in the world (it’s billed as the Birdwatcher’s Glastonbury) with over 20,000 attendees, and has been running for almost 30 years.
I haven’t been to Rutland Water, where the event is held, for at least 25 years. And I can’t even remember which bird it was that I chased up there, leaving high school on the stroke of the bell, hoping to beat the rush hour, the setting sun, and the prospect of whatever feathered thing it was from a premature departure.
I rarely get the chance to visit the UK now, and it’s mostly to see friends and family, that I don’t get nearly enough time to enjoy the birds. It’s no longer the rarities I miss, but the common ones, the ones that now feel like childhood friends. There’ll be a lot to do and see at the fair, but I hope I’ll get the chance to slip away and reconnect.
If you’re going to the fair then I look forward to seeing you there!