Virtual Birdfair 18th-23rd August 2020

The name Viking Optical has been synonymous with Birdfair for the past 16 iterations of this world-famous event and proudly so!

It was with great sadness and disappointment we learned the fateful news that this wonderful event would have to be cancelled due to the terrible pandemic.

Funding for conservation has suffered very badly during the subsequent lockdown and it is very heartening to see that the Birdfair will indeed go ahead albeit in Virtual form!

We must applaud the organisers for making a Birdfair which will be recognisable for its mix of inspirational talks, exhibitors from exotic birding destinations and array of vendors selling any and all types of birding associated paraphernalia you care to mention!

We’re sure you’ll join is in making this a great success and look forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones in 2021!

Viking and Birdfair

We are pleased to have been a Birdfair Sponsor for the past 17 years and in that time have donated more than £250,000 towards the various Birdlife International projects.  We have also made a substantial donation to Birdlife International to assist with the conservation of two endangered species: the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher and the Indian Forest Owlet.

Viking Optical – Partners in Conservation

If there is one thing which underpins the work we do, it is a desire to put something back into the very thing which sustains our sector, namely the environment.

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It is a source of great satisfaction to know that we not only help people enjoy wildlife through the supply of essential viewing kit such as binoculars and telescopes but more importantly, contribute to the welfare of these animals and their homes through our many partnerships.

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For over 25 years we have worked alongside our partners at RSPB and Birdlife International as not only optics suppliers, where profits from sales are ploughed back into vital conservation and habitat projects, but also in helping to fund individual species recovery and habitat creation directly.

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In more recent years the scope and variety of our involvement has grown and extended its reach geographically. We are now optics partners with Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, SEO Birdlife in Spain, LPO Birdlife partner in France and also provide optical support to ethical and award-winning wildlife tourism companies who offer excellent wildlife experiences with an emphasis on sound environmental practice and involvement in large scale conservation issues.

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It is incredibly heartening to see the commitment of next generation of naturalists and conservationists and we have been privileged to be able to provide optics to help encourage young people in the pursuit of their ambitions.

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Finally, we are very proud to be in a position to loan optics to many public viewing facilities where people can experience the amazing spectacle of e.g. an urban Peregrine Falcon in a city centre to the majestic sight of a White-tailed Eagle on a Scottish Island.

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Viking Optical, bugs, blooms, or birding, we’re with you in the field!