Get your shirt off at the Birdfair!

It is just over a week before the birding world descends on Rutland for the 2014 Birdfair. This year, as well as all the usual mouth-watering attractions and events, something different is taking place. In conjunction with kits4causes (formerly Afrikit) we’re asking visitors – exhibitors and the general public – to bring along any unwanted football kit. The kit – which you can drop off on the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust stand on each day of the fair – will be collected by the kits4causes team and then distributed to schools and villages in The Gambia and Senegal, where the Rutland Ospreys spend the winter. This of course ties in perfectly with our own Osprey Flyways Project which we set-up in 2011.  To find out more, check out the video below.

It would be extremely helpful if you could tell us if you intend bringing some kit to Birdfair this so we know how much to expect. Please e-mail Neil Glenn or let us know via the Birdfair Kits Facebook page. If you are unable to contribute kit, then please consider donating money to help towards the cost of shipping it to Africa (you will be able to do this at the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust stand). Thanks very much!

Children at Tanji Lower Basic School wearing football shirts donated by children from Whissendine Primary School in Rutland

Children at Tanji Lower Basic School wearing football shirts donated by children from Whissendine Primary School in Rutland