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Life through a lens with RSPB Fairburn Ings

Last modified: 26 January 2015

Children watching ospreys at the British Birdwatching Fair, Rutland Water

Image: Andy Hay

Nature spotting can be great fun and very exciting, but unfortunately wildlife isn’t always willing to stand close enough for us all to get a good look - this is where binoculars and telescopes come in handy. 

However, finding the right kit can be a real challenge, so RSPB Fairburn Ings is offering free advice sessions to visitors wanting to know more.

Over the first weekend of every month, the team at RSPB Fairburn Ings, near Castleford, will be helping people find exactly what they need at their ‘Binocular and Telescope hands-on events’.

Starting on Saturday and Sunday 7-8 February, from 10am-3pm, the first event will take place just outside the visitor centre, where friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be available to explain the technical details and make choosing a product easy.

Dawn Butterworth, Fairburn Ings Retail Manager added: “I’m really pleased to be able to offer this to our visitors; there are so many products out there that choosing one can be a worry, but we have a lovely team of people who know their stuff, and can spend time helping our customers to find the one that will suit them best.                               

“These sessions will be really valuable and will enable us to spend time with our customers to go through the kit in detail. And it’s a great excuse to get outside the visitor centre onto the reserve, and have a closer look at the wildlife.”

 Fairburn Ings has a good range of both binoculars and telescopes, with stock to take away on the day, so whatever the level of experience there is something to suit every visitor.

This is a free event. For more information please call the Fairburn Ings visitor centre on 01977 628191 or email  

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