Spurn Bird Observatory

A few words about the Migration festival: Chris Galvin and Pete Gamby of Opticron

21 July 2014

“My first trip to Spurn was in 1977 and I have a particular fondness for the place and no Autumn would be complete without a trip to Spurn. At Opticron we have sponsored the Spurn Bird Obs website for several years and YWT are an Opticron retailer It was an easy decision to attend the inaugural Migration Festival. I have attend many Festivals in the USA and I can say that the Spurn Migration Festival was extremely well planned & organised. The free trips around the area on Land Rovers was appreciated by all. It even had some typical Yorkshire hospitality; where else can you radio out a request for bacon sandwiches to be delivered to the seawatching hide? A lot of the paying delegates to the festival were first timers to Spurn and/or new to birding so it was great be involved as a birder and Opticron employee to be showing them new birds such as the Red-backed Shrike.”

Chris Galvin
Area sales manager Opticron, and long time “friend of Spurn”

Opticron has been supplying value for money binoculars and scopes to birdwatchers in the UK for more than 40 years. In every one of those forty years, it has of course been the Spring and Autumn migration seasons that spur the most interest in our products from both new and existing customers.

Whether it’s watching swarms of warblers in woods near the shores of Lake Erie in the US, gazing at clouds of Honey Buzzard over Falsterbo in Sweden or hoping for right kind of English weather to bring in the birds at Spurn Point, a pair of binoculars or a scope is a must for any birder.

Opticron works year round to put its products in the hands of people in the places and at the times when they can try them under proper field conditions. The Spurn Migration Festival is just one of dozens of such events through the year but is unique in the UK in that it takes place over several days. This means we have a great opportunity to show more people a range of products that they might not otherwise have a chance to see. And this year we will be showing the recently launched MM3 travelscope which has proved very popular with new and existing Opticron customers.

Another part of the service that we offer at such field events is advising people about how to use their cameras with Opticron scopes for digiscoping. Area sales manager, Chris Galvin, is a knowledgeable birder and keen photographer – the perfect combination to provide expert advice on site.

Pete Gamby
Sales and marketing manger Opticron

Have you booked your Migfest tickets?

Tickets are now on sale! Spurn Migration Festival Please call 01904 659570 or email Yorkshire Wildlife Trust info@ywt.org.uk.

The Spurn Migration Festival runs from the 5th – 7th September 2014 and the prices are as follows: £14 for a day ticket, £21 for the weekend ticket and £8 for the evening lecture with delicious hog roast.

The event is hosted by Spurn bird observatory and YWT in partnership with
Birding Frontiers and Westmere Farm.

A few words about the Migration festival: Chris Galvin and Pete Gamby of Opticron
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