Join ZEISS at Birdfair 2018 Optics Marquee Stand 4 and
The Simon King Wildlife Marquee
Join ZEISS at Birdfair 2018 Optics Marquee Stand 4 and
The Simon King Wildlife Marquee

ZEISS and our Ambassadors

  • Simon King - Naturalist

    Simon King - TV Presenter and Naturalist

    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 2018

    Wild World Talks

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee - DAILY - TIMES VARY

    Join 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 and Islay to Zambia and Kenya.

    The talk times are:

    • Friday, 10:00 - 11:00 
    • Friday, 15:00 - 16:00
    • Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00
    • Saturday, 15:00 - 16:00
    • Sunday, 10:00 - 11:00
    • Sunday, 15:00 - 16:00

    Hosted Rutland Cruises - Sponsored by ZEISS

    Friday 17th August AM and Saturday 18th August PM

    **Limited Places**

    The ZEISS Sponsored Simon KIng cruises are:

    • Friday 17th August AM (06:30 - 08:00)
    • Saturday 18th 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.

    Simon King Wildlife Shop

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee

    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.

    Simon King Presents the ZEISS Sponsored BBRC “Carl Zeiss Award 2018”

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee - Saturday 18th August - 16:00 - 16:30

    Join Simon King in his marquee on Saturday 18th August from 16:00 where he will be presenting the ZEISS Sponsored BBRC “Carl Zeiss Award 2018”, with the winner receiving a pair of ZEISS Victory SF 8x42 Binoculars.

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

    Simon King 'Then and Now' Talk

    Main Event Marquee 14:00 - 14:45 DAILY

    Join Simon King in the Main Event Marquee at 2pm daily to discover 30 years (and a bit) on planet earth with Simon. In his 'Then and Now' talk, Simon will reflect on the state of the planet over the past 30 years.

    Illustrated with images from his travels around the globe and here in the UK, he will share his view of our impact on the natural world at home and abroad, both the pros and the cons, and how we can change the way we live to assure a sustainable future for ourselves and all.

    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 2018

    Virtual Pond Dip Experience

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee - DAILY - TIMES VARY

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

    'Viewing nature in the digital world. 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.

    The talk times are:

    • Friday, 11:00 - 12:00
    • Friday, 16:00 - 17:00
    • Saturday, 11:00 - 12:00
    • Saturday, 14:00 - 15:00
    • Sunday, 12:00 - 13:00
    • Sunday, 16:00 - 17:00

    Main Event Marquee - 11:00 - 11:45 - Sunday 18th August

    Join naturalist and wildlife presenter Nick Baker on Sunday 19th August at 11:00 in the Birdfair Main Events Marquee, as he walks through experiences of the wilderness on your own doorstep, as well as in the wider, wilder world.

    Click here to find out more.


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

  • 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 2018

    Live Art Tutorial With Britain's Beautiful Birds

    Simon King Wildlife Marquee 13:00 - 14:00 DAILY

    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.

    The talk details are:

    • 13:00 - 14:00 DAILY - Britain's Beautiful Birds: Live art tutorial with Darren Woodhead.

    Darren will be showcasing his extraordinary talent, as well as answering your questions.

    Click here to see some of Darren's work. 

    Art Showcase

    Art Marquee Stand 18

    Visit Darren Woodhead on his stand in the Art Marquee to experience some of his original framed and unframed watercolour paintings, together with limited edition prints.


    Join Darren to explore his world of nature in art!