A new festival is set to get twitchers twitching in the Shoalhaven.
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The inaugural Bird Haven Festival, to be held on October 21, aims to promote an appreciation and understanding of birds and their habitat.
The festival will be held at Shoalhaven Heads, and will be based around the themes of science, conservation, education, community and creativity.
Supported by BirdLife Shoalhaven, the festival will coincide with the beginning of National Bird Week.
Shoalhaven Heads is home to a number of migratory species including Eastern Curlews, Pacifc Golden Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwits and Red-necked Stints, as well as numerous bird watching tracks.
The new festival will host a variety of talks and events, focusing on the special importance of Shoalhaven Heads for bird lovers, as well as promoting the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
During the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, October 22 to 28, people are encouraged to record which species of birds visit their gardens.
Harry Saddler, author of the new book The Eastern Curlew, will host a talk about the 10,000km journey these birds make each year from their breeding grounds in Siberia to Shoalhaven Heads.
Also included on the program of events is a showing of film Twitchathon, as well as several walks around Shoalhaven Heads.
ThefFestival's underlying aim is to support the conservation of birds and their habitats, by making festival-goers bird advocates.
Tickets to this year's fledgling event will be available for $10, including morning tea.
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