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  • Simon King - Naturalist

    Simon King - TV Presenter and know for Simon King Wildlife

    Simon's first TV appearance was as an actor in one of his father’s wildlife dramas called The Fox. Simon has vivid memories of the discomfort of being dressed in knickerbockers and the delight of holding a fox. At the age of only 13 he teamed up with naturalist Mike Kendal to create a series of programmes entitled Man and Boy, his first foray into explaining the mysteries of nature to the general public.


    He went on to create, film, direct and present many award winning TV programmes and films some of the best known being Springwatch, Big Cat Diary, Planet Earth and Blue Planet plus more recently African Cats for Disney. Simon is closely involved with a variety of wildlife charities including being the current president of The Wildlife Trusts and is also an accomplished public speaker, author and artist.

     

    Click here to see more from the world of Simon King.

    Simon King at Birdfair 2017

    Scheduled Talks

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee 10:30 - 11:00 & 15:00 - 15:45 DAILY

    Join Simon King in his marquee daily to hear more about indulging your passion for nature.

    The talks and times are:

    • 10:30 - 11:00 DAILY - Indulging a passion - Join Simon King and discover the many ways he has been luck enough to experience the natural world through his professional life.
    • 15:00 - 15:45 DAILY - Taking a virtual journey to Bass Rock - Join Simon King as he talks through his experiences whilst creating a virtual world on Bass Rock.

    Hosted Cruises - Sponsored by ZEISS

    Friday 18th August PM, Saturday 19th August AM and Saturday 19th August PM

    **Limited Places**

    The ZEISS Sponsored Simon KIng cruises are:

    • Friday 18th August PM (18:30 - 20:00)
    • Saturday 19th August AM (06:30 - 08:00)
    • Saturday 19th August PM (18:30 - 20:00)


    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 Victory SF Binoculars. Simon will also be on hand to answer your questions, as well as sharing his own experiences with you on the journey.

     

    Click here for more information and to book your tickets.

    Signings and Meet and Greet

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee

    Once again, ZEISS welcome TV’s Simon King to Birdfair 2017 by supporting and sponsoring the Simon King Wildlife Marquee.

     

    Showcasing the very best from Simon King, the Simon King Wildlife Project as well as the Simon King Wildlife Shop, the marquee will include talks from Simon on a variety of topics, autograph signings, as well as a chance to speak to Simon and get your questions answered.

     

    Click here to see more from Simon King Wildlife.

    Simon King Presents The British Bird Photography Awards and the ZEISS Sponsored BBRC “Carl Zeiss Award 2017”

    Main Event Marquee Friday 18th August 17:00 - 17:30

    Join Simon King in the main event marquee on Friday afternoon where he will be presenting the 'British Bird Photography Awards' to its three lucky winners. As part of the awards, he will also be presenting the ZEISS Sponsored BBRC “Carl Zeiss Award 2017”, with the winner receiving a pair of ZEISS Victory SF Binoculars.

     

    Click here to find out more about the event.

     

    Click here to visit the BBRC's website to read more about the award.

    Simon King 'Wild Light' Talk

    Main Event Marquee 14:00 - 14:45 DAILY

    Join Simon King in the Main Event Marquee every day to listen to his talk 'Wild Light', showcasing the natural world through the camera lens.

     

    In this presentation he reflects on some of the remarkable events he has witnessed and shared with the world, and some that didn’t quite make it to film or digital chips.

     

    Click here to find out more.

    Whether it's from far flung places or the intimacy of your back garden, Simon King helps you get the most out of your encounters with the natural world!

  • Nick Baker - Naturalist

    Nick Baker - Naturalist and TV Presenter

    “I’m quite a simple bloke really, I just love being outdoors and I have a thing for animals and plants, I always have. I’ll be honest, I never expected my career to take the monumental leap it did and now I find myself in the dream job.” - Nick Baker.

     

    To encounter and engage with the diversity and splendour of the natural world has been a constant focus of Nick’s life from his earliest years. He enthusiastically relishes every experience with nature while confidently and amiably sharing his extensive knowledge with others of all age groups. It is not surprising then that his highly successful television programmes have meant that Nick Baker has become a household name who can be relied upon to guarantee excellent viewing with his ease of presentation and exemplary understanding of his subject.

     

    Click here to see more from the world of Nick Baker.

    Nick Baker at Birdfair 2017

    Virtual Pond Dip Experience

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee 14:00 - 14:45 DAILY

    Join Nick Baker in the Simon King Wildlife Marquee where he will be hosting a virtual pond dip experience.

    Experience details:

    • 14:00 - 14:45 DAILY - Viewing nature in the digital world. Get up close with nature than ever before thanks to the ZEISS Stemi 305 Microscope.

     

    The experience will allow you to discover just how to get closer to nature and hear ZEISS ambassador Nick Baker sharing his experiences of the natural world.

    Hosted Cruises - Sponsored by ZEISS

    Friday 18th August AM & Sunday 20th August AM

    **Limited Places**

    The ZEISS Sponsored Nick Baker cruises are:

    • Friday 18th August AM (06:30 - 08:00)
    • Sunday 20th August AM (06:30 - 08:00)


    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 Nick Baker! 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 Victory SF Binoculars. Nick will also be on hand to answer your questions, as well as sharing his own experiences with you on the journey.

     

    Click here for more information and to book your tickets.

    Meet and Greet

    ZEISS Stand Optics Marquee - Times Differ Daily

    Join Nick Baker on the ZEISS stand in the Optics Marquee for a meet and greet daily.

    Meet and greet sessions are:

    • Friday 18th August - 11:00 - 12:00
    • Saturday 19th August - 11:00 - 12:00 
    • Sunday 20th August - 11:15 - 12:15

     

    Share experience of your nature adventures with Nick and get to know why Nick uses ZEISS optics.

    Nick’s knowledge and experience encompasses the wild in its broadest sense – serious natural history and science, explorations of land and ocean, conservation, extinction.

  • Catherine Hamilton - Artist

    Catherine Hamilton - Nature Artist known as 'Birdspot'

    Birdspot, otherwise known as artist Catherine Hamilton, is an artist with a passion for capturing birds at their best. Travelling across America and Europe, Catherine has developed an extensive portfolio of drawings showcasing her love for nature.

     

    Catherine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College and is certainly putting these skills to the test. In a past life, she taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and exhibited paintings, but ended all of that when she developed severe allergies to the chemicals used in painting studios. Since that time, she has been wandering farther and farther afield in pursuit of all things avian.
     

    Click here to see some of Catherine's work. 

    Catherine Hamilton at Birdfair 2017

    Artwork Showcase

    ZEISS Stand Optics Marquee

    ZEISS are delighted to welcome Catherine Hamilton, an accomplished nature artist to the ZEISS Stand in the Optics Marquee (stand 4) where she will be showcasing a selection of her incredible artwork.

     

    Catherine will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as giving her own thoughts and experiences of using ZEISS optics.

     

    Click here to see some of Catherines work.

    Limited Edition Catherine Hamilton Designed Birdfair T-Shirts

    2017 T-Shirt Design

    2017 T-Shirt Design

    On Sale in the Simon King Wildlife Marquee

    In partnership with ZEISS, Catherine Hamilton has designed an incredible art masterpiece to feature on this year’s Birdfair limited edition T-Shirts.

     

    These will be on sale in the Simon King Wildlife Marquee, with all profits from the t-shirt sales donated to BirdLife International. 
     

    Catherine Hamilton - On the road, drawing birds!

  • Darren Woodhead - Artist

    Darren Woodhead - Nature Artist

    Darren Woodhead is a pure field painter based in East Lothian, Scotland. A Graduate of the Royal College of Art, he works direct in brush and watercolour outside: there is no studio.

     

    Concentrating on the natural world, his paintings feature atmospheres, surroundings depicting birds, landscapes, butterflies and mammals - his local Scottish wildlife, as well as his expeditions worldwide. His paintings are his diaries, encompassing energy, life, spontaneity and movement and using the natural white of the paper. His work is held in many private collections, including recently a commission for the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday.

     

    Click here to see some of Darren's work. 

    Darren Woodhead at Birdfair 2017

    Live Painting Session

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee 12:00 - 13:00 DAILY

    ZEISS are delighted to welcome Darren, an accomplished nature field painter to the Simon King Marquee where he will be hosting a live painting sessions.

    Session details are:

    • 12:00 - 13:00 DAILY - Live painting with Darren Woodhead.

     

    Darren will be showcasing his extraordinary talent, as well as answering any questions you may have.

     

    Click here to see some of Darren's work. 

    Art Showcase

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee & Art Marquee (Stand 18)

    Alongside Darren’s stand showcasing his work in the Art Marquee (stand 18), he will also be showcasing a few of his pieces within the Simon King Wildlife Marquee.

     

    Come and experience some of Darren’s original framed and unframed watercolour paintings, together with limited edition prints.

    Join Darren to explore his world of nature in art!

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