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Optics Events 2020 (1 Viewer)

pete_gamby

Birds? What Birds?!
Thanks Andy - first batch to follow next week. Keep your eyes on this thread for some new venues for 2020!
 

pete_gamby

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pete_gamby

Birds? What Birds?!
Back on the schedule and will be posting every two weeks again.

UK & Ireland

Attenborough Nature Centre, Attenborough, 18/1
Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, Sevenoaks, 19/1
Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre, Houghton le Spring, 19/1
WWT Arundel, Arundel, 21/1
Portland Bird Observatory, Portland, 25/1
WWT Llanelli, Llanelli, 26/1
WWT Washington, Washington, 26/1

http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and...piration/events/equipment_demonstrations.aspx

US

Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, Morro Bay, CA, 1/17-19
Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, Titusville, FL, 1/23-26

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/...01&location=All&festivalsearch=Find festivals
 

pete_gamby

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Ooops - looks like I missed a reminder from my Google calendar! Must try harder...

UK & Ireland

Blashford Lakes, Ringwood, 4/2
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye, 8/2
Hauxley Nature Reserve, Alnwick, 9/2
Potteric Carr Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Doncaster, 9/2
Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, 15/2
Low Barns Nature Reserve, Bishop Auckland, 16/2
Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, Sevenoaks, 16/2
WWT Arundel, Arundel, 18/2
Portland Bird Observatory, Portland, 22/2
WWT Washington, Washington, 23/2
WWT Llanelli, Llanelli, 23/2
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, Sandwich, 29/2
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, Skegness, 29/2
Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, Fareham, 29/2
WWT Caerlaverock, Caerlaverock, 1/3
Blashford Lakes, Ringwood, 3/3
WWT Arundel, Arundel, 7/3
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye, 8/3

http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and...piration/events/equipment_demonstrations.aspx

US

Laredo Birding Festival, Laredo, TX, 2/5-7
High Plains Snow Goos Festival, Lamar, CO, 2/6-9

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/...02&location=All&festivalsearch=Find festivals
 

pete_gamby

Birds? What Birds?!
Back on track.

UK & Ireland

Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, 15/2
Low Barns Nature Reserve, Bishop Auckland, 16/2
Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, Sevenoaks, 16/2
WWT Arundel, Arundel, 18/2
Portland Bird Observatory, Portland, 22/2
WWT Llanelli, Llanelli, 23/2
WWT Washington, Washington, 23/2

http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and...piration/events/equipment_demonstrations.aspx

US

Whooping Crane Festival, Port Aransas, TX, 02/20-23
San Diego Bird Festival, SanDiego, CA, 2/26-3/1

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/...02&location=All&festivalsearch=Find festivals
 

pete_gamby

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Bit late - been out of the office a couple of days. Enjoy!

UK & Ireland

Attenborough Nature Centre, Attenborough, 29/2
Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, Fareham, 29/2
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, Sandwich, 29/2
WWT Caerlaverock, Caerlaverock, 1/3
Blashford Lakes, Ringwood, 3/3
WWT Arundel, Arundel, 7/3
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye, 8/3

http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and...piration/events/equipment_demonstrations.aspx

US

San Diego Bird Festival, SanDiego, CA, 2/26-3/1
Monte Vista Crane Festival, Monte Vista, CO, 3/6-8

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/...03&location=All&festivalsearch=Find festivals
 

pete_gamby

Birds? What Birds?!
Next batch for your enjoyment:

UK & Ireland

Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, 14/3
Chesil Beach Centre Dorset WT, Portland, 14/3
Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, 14/3
Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre, Houghton le Spring, 15/3
Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, Sevenoaks, 15/3
WWT Arundel, Arundel, 17/3
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, Skegness, 21/3
WWT Washington, Washington, 22/3
Dawlish Warren NNR, Dawlish Warren, 22/3

http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and...piration/events/equipment_demonstrations.aspx

US

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/...03&location=All&festivalsearch=Find festivals
 

pete_gamby

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As many of the event venues are closing either partially or completely, I won't be updating this thread until further notice.

Cheers, Pete
 

pete_gamby

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We've just heard that the first of the event sites on the UK roster is planning to restart optics days later in July.

I'll post more details on the date(s) when I have them as well as guidance on how the events will be made Covid-19 safe.

Cheers, Pete
 

pete_gamby

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The first event for over three months is now in the diary:

UK & Ireland

Attenborough Nature Centre, Attenborough, 25/7

To give visitors confidence that it will be safe to try and buy optics, these are the measures that will be put in place:

1. High visibility signage with instructions
2. A hand sanitising station that must be used before customers approach the demo area
3. No more than 2 customers at the demo area at any time
4. Dedicated sample instruments not for sale with stock that customers can purchase
5. All equipment to be cleaned with 70% alcohol sanitising wipes before and after each use
6. Payment by card only

Enjoy!
 

Ries

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Anything like this ever on mainland Europe and maybe even Netherlands. Never been aware of it.
 

Chris Galvin

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Anything like this ever on mainland Europe and maybe even Netherlands. Never been aware of it.

Hi Ries,

For the past six years (apart from this Spring) I have had a demonstration on Texel in partnership with Marc Plomp at the Vogelinformatiecentrum, Kikkertstraat, De Cocksdorp, Texel. Typically demonstrationg are Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, Opticron. The October Event this year is Dutch Birding Weekend 9th - 11th October.
 

pete_gamby

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Not quite the floodgates opening yet, but there are now some events planned in the Netherlands:

Foto Groep Amersfoort, 13-18/7
Foto Groep Harderwijk, 20-25/7
Foto Groep Hilversum, 27/7-1/8
Foto Groep Leeuwarden, 3-8/8
Foto Groep Heerenveen, 17-22/8
Foto Groep Doorn, 24-29/8

The UK Birdfair is going virtual in August. Details slowly emerging:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/thebirdfair/posts
 

pete_gamby

Birds? What Birds?!
Finally we have a few more to report. Both Portland Bird Observatory and Hauxley Nature Reserve have restarted events and In Focus have planned more regular dates at those venues whilst others remain closed.

UK & Ireland

Portland Bird Observatory, Portland, 16/8
Birdfair, Oakham, 18-23/8 - now virtual at https://virtual.birdfair.org.uk
Focalpoint Optics*, Antrobus, 16-20/8
Attenborough Nature Centre, Attenborough, 22/8
Hauxley Nature Reserve, Alnwick, 23/8

* Focalpoint is running a series of manufacturer open days from 16th to 20 August - details are on their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pg/FocalpointOptics/events

Enjoy!

Cheers, Pete
 

pete_gamby

Birds? What Birds?!
Only one event in the calendar this time:

UK & Ireland

College Lake Wildlife Centre, Tring, 6/9

Cheers, Pete
 

pete_gamby

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