Bird Fair – you either love it or hate it – I love it (though it mildly irritates me too).
But it starts 4 weeks today.
It’s a pity that Michael Gove can’t attend – but I do know that the invitation was made months ago. An opportunity missed, by him, perhaps. I’d still like the local MP, Alan Duncan, who is after all a government minister, to be seen having a stroll around the site for the first time, I believe, in 30 years (26 of which he has actually been the local MP).
I noticed that a frequent Bird Fair attendee who works for the CLA had a mild, and partly justified pop at the Bird Fair for not having any obvious differing voices on stage yet again. He does have a point but when the shooting community were asked to man-up, or woman-up, and attend the debate in 2016 about whether driven grouse shooting should be banned, the massed ranks of GWCT and Moorland Association (and Hawk and Owl Trust – whatever happened to them, by the way?) were unable to field a Chief Exec, a trustee, a senior member of staff and had to draft in a former gamekeeper to defend their hobby. My CLA friend, who is a regular Bird Fair attendee, so he knows of what he speaks, describes the Bird Fair as virtue-signalling which I guess means the Game Fair might be vice-signalling.
But Bird Fair is a fun weekend and if you are planning to attend then you ought to start planning now! Have a look at the events and see how many awkward clashes there are for you – can you be in two places at once?
And I’m really looking forward to seeing lots of friendly and familiar faces over the three days. Will that include you?