A team of Rwandans is currently participating at the prestigious British Birdwatching Fair held every August at Rutland Water in England. It is described as the birder’s “Glastonbury”.

This particular edition begins today and takes through up to Sunday.

Rwanda Development Board says the #VisitRwanda stand is available, “be sure to check them out at Marquee 1 Stand 21 to learn about Rwanda & the birding paradise it is”.

Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you’re into birds and wildlife.

This platform is very important for Rwanda to take part in. Rwanda is home to 703 bird species.

Among the resident species are 29 Albertine Rift Endemics and several Lake Victoria Basin Endemics, which should be on any birder’s wish list.

Rwanda will be looking to showcase its diversity alongside other countries at this British Birdwatching Fair.

For example, Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park is home to 322 bird species as well as 13 species of primate and numerous endemic plant species.

So far 29 are bird species have been found in this rainforest park. The star attraction is undoubtedly the Red-collared Babbler and Rwanda is the only safe place to see this stunning bird.

Also Akagera National Park in Rwanda is a predominantly a savannah park with rolling hills, lakes, wetland and woodlands. It offers a more traditional African Big 5 safari experience, but the diversity of habitats mean it has excellent birding too. To date 490 bird species have been observed in Akagera.

In Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park there is good birding potential and 200 bird species are known from this area. This park is located in a region of mostly dormant, heavily vegetated volcanoes and includes Rwanda’s highest point, Mount Karisimbi. The park is famous for Mountain Gorillas.

Gishwati-Mukura National Park hosts 232 species and Mukura 163 species including several Albertine Rift Endemics and forest specialists.

The Express News

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