The Birdwatching Glastonbury
Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you’re into nature and wildlife. A wide range of fantastic conservation projects have been supported by Birdfair so far, with this continuing year on year.
The event includes hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts. You’ll find everything from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, eGuides to eco-holidays! There is also a jam-packed schedule of events and lectures which take place throughout the weekend including many lead by well know birding celebrities.
With various event locations all running full programmes throughout the fair’s duration, there is something for everyone to get excited about.
Fancy trying out ZEISS Optics for free, before making that all important buying decision? Well now you can!
New for this year at Birdfair, ZEISS are offering a selection of binoculars and spotting scopes to 'Try Before You Buy'*. Don’t miss the chance to spend a morning or afternoon trying out binoculars or spotting scopes from the ZEISS VICTORY, CONQUEST & TERRA lines, all within the perfect setting of Rutland Water.
Terms and Conditions
This promotion is available to all attendees of Birdfair 2019. A deposit of 50% of the RRP value of the product will be required for the hire of the product(s). TERRA: up to £200, CONQUEST: up to £670, VICTORY: up to £1,250. This will be taken at the time you collect the product(s), and will be refunded on safe return of the product(s). Deposits to be made by credit or debit card only. If you subsequently decide to purchase the loaned item, the deposit amount will be returned, and the full payment for the product should be made to ZEISS Authorised Dealer, Viking Optical, located in the Optics Marquee. The products will need to be collected and returned from the Simon King Wildlife Marquee. The customer will be required to complete a loan agreement and T's & C's document prior to hiring the product(s). The ZEISS products remain the property of Carl Zeiss Ltd at all times, and must not be pledged, loaned, deposited or sold to any other third party. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure the product is fully functional, undamaged and complete with accessories when returned. The customer will take full responsibility for the safekeeping of the equipment, and protection against elements of vandalism, theft, loss or improper use. The period of the hire is limited to a maximum of 4 hours, as per the agreed time slots. If the products and/or accessories are damaged or not returned, ZEISS reserves the right to withhold the deposit amount, either in full or in part, as reimbursement. This promotion is subject to availability, and ZEISS reserves the right to withdraw this activity in whole or part without prior notice.
Location: Simon King Wildlife Marquee
- Slot A: Collection: 9.30am | Return: 12:30pm
- Slot B: Collection: 1pm | Return: 4.30pm
50% Deposit Required from the Products RRP
Availability of products on the day will be limited so early booking is advised. Products will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Visit us in the Simon King Wildlife Marquee at Birdfair to reserve your hire. We look forward to seeing you there!
If you have any questions about our Optics Hire at Birdfair, please email uk .marketing @zeiss .com.
This year we have planned a whole host of activities for you to enjoy. Take a look at some of the exciting events we have planned with our Ambassadors, as well as talks which are part of the main Birdfair programme.
Wild World Talk with Simon King
Date & Time:
- Friday 16th, 10:15 - 11:00 and 15:30 - 16:00
- Saturday 17th, 10:15 - 11:00 and 15:45 - 16:15
- Sunday 18th, 10:15 - 11:00 and 15:45 - 16:15
Location: The Simon King Wildlife Marquee.
Join TV's Naturalist and TV Presenter Simon King in his marquee daily for his talk, 'Simon King's Wild World: Stories from Simon's travels in search of natural highs'. Simon King will present illustrated talks on some of the natural marvels he has encountered with guests on his many safaris around the planet's wild places, from Shetland to South Africa.
Living Lighter with Simon King - How can we change the world one step at a time?
Date & Time: EVERY DAY from 2:00 - 2:45. Location: Birdfair Main Events Marquee.
Join Simon King in the Main Event Marquee at 2pm daily to discover how we can change the world one step at a time. In his talk, Simon will reflect on the state of the planet and how we can change our impact one step at a time.
Click here to find out more.
Simon King Wildlife Shop
Once again, ZEISS and the Simon King Wildlife Marquee will play host to the Simon King Wildlife Shop, where you can purchase all of those essentials and gifts from bird food and feeders, to nest boxes and bird baths. Come and see what you can add to your garden.
Mini Beasts GO LARGE - Virtual Pond Dip Experience with Nick Baker
Date & Time: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th, 11:15 - 12:00 & 15:00 - 15:30.
Location: The Simon King Wildlife Marquee.
Join TV's Naturalist and TV Presenter Nick Baker in the Simon King Wildlife Marquee where he will be hosting a virtual pond dip experience. View nature in the digital world and get up close with nature than ever before with Nick Baker thanks to the ZEISS Stemi 508 Microscope.
Have you ever stared into the jaws of a dragonfly, seen the whiskers on a midge, or wondered why a water boatman has such a hairy bottom? Well wonder no more as TV's Nick Baker gives you a look down his microscope and takes you on micro diving adventure and introduces you to some of his favourite pond life.
Wild Lines - Live Art Tutorial with Darren Woodhead
Date & Time: EVERY DAY from 12:30 - 1:30. Location: The Simon King Wildlife Marquee.
ZEISS are delighted to welcome Darren, an accomplished nature field painter and artist to the Simon King Marquee where he will be hosting a live art tutorial. The tutorial will focus on some of Britain's most beautiful birds, and how they can come alive on paper. Darren will be showcasing his extraordinary talent, as well as answering your questions.
Visit Darren on his stand in the Art Marquee (Stand 18) to experience some of his original framed and unframed watercolour paintings, together with limited edition prints.
“ZEISS are delighted to be able to continue our support with the BBRC. It’s great to be able to support, and be associated with, such a well-respected organisation and the incredibly important work they undertake, and we hope to continue this fruitful partnership for many years to come,” ZEISS UK.
Talk Celebrating 60 years of BBRC with Paul French
Date & Time: Friday 16th, 4:30 - 4:50. Location: Birdfair Osprey Lecture Theatre.
In the 60th anniversary year of the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC), Paul French the current Chair, will be exploring the history of rare bird recording in Britain with some interesting and remarkable sightings.
BBRC's 60th Anniversary Celebration
To support the BBRC's 60th Anniversary, they will have a cake cutting ceremony held at Birdfair on Friday 16th August at 3:00pm on the BBRC stand. This will mark a great achievement for the BBRC, and ZEISS as a sponsor are proud to work with them.
The BBRC's Carl Zeiss Award 2019 will be announced in the British Birds Magazine and presented to the worth winner at the Spurn Migration Festival in September. Good luck to all those that entered!
Healing the Rift - Saving Africa’s Vultures in the Rift Valley with Champions of the Flyway by Mark Pearson
Date & Time: Friday 16th August, 3:30pm - 3:50pm. Location: Birdfair Merlin Lecture Theatre.
Mark explains how Champions of the Flyway 2019 is helping efforts to save Africa’s embattled vultures and is powered by ZEISS. In 2019, Champions of the Flyway answered an urgent call from Birdlife Kenya, dedicating 100% of this year’s funds and awareness-raising efforts to help save Africa’s vultures from a unforgivable and yet preventable slide towards extinction. Mark looks at the causes, the solutions, the campaign, and the race itself – the friendliest, craziest 24 hours of hardcore birding on the planet!
Click here to find out more.
How to Encourage Bugs into Your Garden
ZEISS are delighted to welcome Buglife International to the Simon King Wildlife Marquee, where they will be teaching you how to encourage bugs into your garden. They will be on hand to provide top tips, how to's and advice on how bugs can help your garden flourish. Why not come and stop by and see what top tips you could pick up for your garden?
Although ZEISS products stand for quality and durability, they still need care and attention. On hand at Birdfair will be our ZEISS engineers, who will be able to carry out product cleaning, minor repairs and minor servicing to your ZEISS binoculars and spotting scopes.
Should your requirements not be possible at the event, our engineers will retain the product and your details, ensuring that the problem is resolved upon return to our offices. The product will then be sent to you following completion.
We look forward to seeing you in the Optics Marquee, Stand 4.
Throughout Birdfair, there is lots to see and do. From lectures and talks on the biggest nature and birding topics to date, to nature walks, the wild zone and hundreds of stalls selling the latest accessories for your nature expeditions, there plenty to fill the weekend with.
There is also a whole host of nature art to be admired in the art marquee, locally sourced food products sold in the produce marquee and a whole of other exciting events for your to enjoy.
Come and spend a weekend at the largest birdwatching event in the UK, we look forward to seeing you there.
The ZEISS Sponsored cruises are:
- Friday 16th August, 18:30 - 20:00, featuring TV's Simon King
- Saturday 17th August, 18:30 - 20:00, featuring TV's Simon King
Don’t miss out on the fantastic opportunity at this year’s Birdfair to take a Rutland Wildlife Cruise on board the Rutland Belle with TV’s Simon King. This is the perfect way to discover the residents on the Rutland Water Nature Reserve including the famous Ospreys.
You will also have the opportunity to try out the latest optics from ZEISS on board, including the ZEISS VICTORY SF Binoculars. Simon will be on hand to answer your questions, as well as sharing his own experiences with you throughout the trip.
Interested in attending one of Simon's cruises? Click here to find out more.
ZEISS have been developing binoculars for over 125 years, aiming to bring you closer to nature than ever before. With ZEISS binoculars, you can experience unique moments of nature in brilliant, bright and high contrast detail. From the VICTORY, CONQUEST and TERRA lines, there is a product to suit everyone’s requirements. Our range of Binoculars and Spotting Scopes will equip you with the tools you need to explore nature like never before.
Visit us in the Optics Marquee, Stand 4, or in the Simon King Wildlife Marquee to discover more about ZEISS Nature Observation Optics.
Rediscover the world of nature with the ZEISS VICTORY line. Experience every spectacle nature has to offer with brilliant optics and an unparalleled wide-angle field of view.
Discover the smallest details and experience the greatest moments with the ZEISS CONQUEST line. Be perfectly equipped to forge new paths in your pursuit for nature observation.
ZEISS TERRA ED Binoculars are robust, reliable and easy to use. Their state-of-the-art and sleek design makes them not only light but comfortably compact and great for outdoors.
As well as our portfolio of nature observation optics, ZEISS also produce photography lenses for different camera systems including Sony, Canon, Nikon and Fuji. Why not take your passion for birding to the next level and get that one step closer to nature than ever before.
Exhibition Dates & Opening Hours:
Friday 16th August 2019: 09:00 - 17:30
Saturday 17th August 2019: 09:00 - 17:30
Sunday 18th August 2019: 09:00 - 17:00
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Egleton, Oakham, Rutland
At Birdfair 2019, there will be a whole different approach to food and drink to previous years. Small, independent and where possible, local suppliers will be providing both hot and cold refreshments throughout the entire exhibition.
Don’t miss your chance to save up to £250 on a brand new pair of binoculars, with the ZEISS Instant Summer Savings Promotion.
This offer is valid on selected binoculars from the ZEISS VICTORY, CONQUEST and TERRA lines, available to purchase through participating ZEISS dealers only. The promotion runs from 1st August 2019 to 15th September 2019.
ZEISS work with various authorised dealers around the UK. This year at Birdfair, ‘Viking Optical’ will be our premier dealer selling products from across our portfolio.
Viking Optical will be located in the Optics Marquee just down from the ZEISS stand. Don't miss out on any of their great Birdfair Deals!