Countdown to Scottish Birdfair! May 11-12 at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh

With a little over 1 week to go before the second annual Scottish Birdfair, it’s all go in the office as we finalise plans for the big weekend.

The award-winning festival* attracted some 5,000 visitors in 2012 and is expected to be even bigger and better this year.

The Scottish Birdfair will host over 100 exhibitors showcasing everything from the very best in optics to outdoor clothing, books, arts & crafts, garden accessories and more.

An exciting programme of expert talks, guided walks, demonstrations and workshops ensures there is something for everyone whether you are new to birdwatching or an old hand.

For those of you who like to take advantage of a full day- Set your alarm clock for a guided Dawn Chorus Walk around the beautiful grounds of Hopetoun House.  Enjoy a coffee and the sounds of songbirds greeting the day.

There’s also an opportunity to discover the remarkable birdlife of the Firth of Forth on a special seabird cruise.  Experts will point out the diverse range of species found right on Edinburgh’s doorstep from puffins to gannets and terns. You may even spot seals, dolphins and jellyfish!

And it’s all for a good cause! Proceeds from the Scottish Birdfair will go to support our efforts to protect and conserve corncrake, a rare and elusive bird and a real Scottish conservation success story.

There’s also a range of fantastic activities including bushcraft, foraging, cookery demonstrations and a fantastic line up of local folk bands throughout the weekend.

There’s lots for the little ones too from storytelling and puppet shows, to pony rides and arts & crafts. The Scottish Birdfair is a great day out for the whole family.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

*Scottish Birdfair was named Best Small Festival at the Scottish Event Awards 2012.

Photo by Ed Mackey