Visitors flock to Queensferry Birdfair

110513  Scottish bird fair at hopetoun house.
110513 Scottish bird fair at hopetoun house.

THOUSANDS of wildlife lovers flocked to Hopetoun House at the weekend for the award winning Scottish Birdfair.

The second annual birdfair was organised by RSPB Scotland and hosted by Hopetoun House, South Queensferry. It sported over 100 wildlife-related exhibiting stands, with the latest in wildlife technology, holidays, books and art, which proved popular despite the weather.

Conservation experts gave informative talks, there were guided walks, bird-ringing demonstrations and special workshops, and locally sourced food and cooking demonstrations on offer.

For the younger visitors, there were fun activities including storytelling, crafts, puppet shows and pony rides.

All the money raised over the weekend will go towards protecting Scottish wildlife.

Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland said: “In this Year of Natural Scotland, the Scottish Birdfair is not just a celebration of Scotland’s amazing wildlife, it provides an ideal opportunity for people to learn more about nature and enjoy a family day away from city life.

‘‘There were fascinating talks, tips and ideas to try out in the garden, guided walks and interactive workshops for all ages.

‘‘This was a great opportunity to discover Scotland’s natural environment and meet the experts.”