The 5th Bruny Island Bird Festival will take place on 19-22nd October 2018
The Festival was first held in 2010 as a community celebration of the remarkable diversity of birdlife
on the island. The four-day Festival is jointly presented by the Bruny Island Environment Network,
BirdLife Tasmania and Inala Nature Tours, drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience of
experts in these groups to provide both an engaging and educative immersion in the natural delights
Held every two years, the Festival has become a much-anticipated event by the community and
visitors alike. Each Festival brings new features and long-term favourites.
In 2018, the Festival will continue to build on the four key elements of Community, Conservation,
Science and Creativity to further involve the people of Tasmania in the many tours, walks, workshops, lecturers, markets
and cultural celebrations that are the Festival.
Birds bring joy and interest to our lives; colour and music to our days. Humans all over the world have
always had a fascination for birds. They are part of our cultures, our stories, our language and our
technological innovations. Even as we have exploited them, we have simultaneously exalted them and
throughout history we have watched and wondered. From pollination to removal of diseases, pest
reduction and seed dispersal, there are endless ways in which birds contribute to the health and
diversity of an ecosystem. Understanding birds helps us better to understand the world we live in.
A Perfect Size of Island
A short walk on Bruny Island can take you from dramatic coastal habitat with shore birds on the sand and oceanic sea birds
gliding gracefully by offshore, up into dense mixed forest where bush birds dart from branch to branch and a symphony of
songs entwines the trees. Or begin in open grassland amongst the Native Hens and conclude by strolling through the
dripping temperate rainforest with the elusive Pink Robin peeking from behind the tree ferns. The more you look and listen
on this remarkable island, the more you will discover.
Over 150 bird species are found on Bruny including all 12 of Tasmania’s endemic birds, as the island
has such diverse ecological habitats. The incredible birdlife of Bruny is recognised internationally and
all of Bruny Island is a recognised Important Bird Area, frequently listed as must-see destination for
nature lovers. The Bruny Island Bird Festival gives those who live here a chance to further celebrate
and understand the local birdlife, learning more about their habitats and behaviours, the
environmental pressures and challenges they face and ways in which we can all help preserve and
protect this unique Island. The Festival encourages responsible birding habits, ethical photography and
a conservation message that permeates the whole event.
Science allows us to explore the fragile beauty and breathtaking functionality of an eggshell, the
colours and complex composition of a feather, or the way a bird can sing with a mouth full of food.
Our questions about birds and their lives are endless, the discoveries fascinating.
At the Festival there are events, workshops and lectures addressing many studies and innovations
involving birds, both in Tasmania and beyond. Learn from researchers, rangers, students and
professionals from throughout the birding world.
All over Bruny and Tasmania there are talented and burgeoning artists, writers, musicians, sculptors,
photographers and artisans of all ages and abilities. The Festival seeks to involve anyone who uses birds amongst their
creative inspirations. You can hone your bird photography skills with a professional photographer, view incredible bird
inspired artwork in the Art Exhibition or watch the Artist-In-Residence create a live painting. Throughout the Festival, you
can explore the island to discover a Sculpture Trail of Gatepost Bird Sculptures created by locals from upcycled materials
and at the fantastic Sunday Market you can purchase quality local nature themed art, craft and produce.
No birding knowledge or binoculars are required to be involved, simply a love for this wonderful
island, a passion for nature or purely a desire to be part of a great community event. One of the
reasons that the Festival grows in strength, is the incredible way the community supports the event.
The Bruny Sewing Club has created bird bunting, the Bruny Film Club is playing bird inspired movies,
the Bruny Men’s Shed has built nest boxes for Swift Parrots and Forty-spotted Pardalotes…. We have
held workshops at the Bruny School in collaboration with Council, Parks & Wildlife and local
conservation business’s. Donations have been made by generous local individuals and businesses
who understand the intrinsic value of the birdlife, the wildlife and the incredible unique and fragile
environment of Bruny Island.
Everyone is very welcome. See you there!
Images and Text – Cat Davidson – Inala Bird Guide and Festival Coordinator
Bruny Island Bird Festival
Birds bring joy and interest to our lives; colour and music to our days. They are part of our cultures, our
stories, our language and our innovations.
The Bruny Island Bird Festival is a joyful community celebration of the remarkable diversity of birdlife on the
island. The four day Festival is jointly presented by the Bruny Island Environment Network, BirdLife Tasmania
and Inala Nature Tours, drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience of experts in these groups to
provide both an engaging and educative immersion in the natural delights of the unique and ecologically
fantastic Bruny Island.
Held every two years, the Festival has become a much anticipated event by the community and visitors alike.
Each Festival brings new features and long-term favourites.
In 2018, the Festival will continue to build on the four key elements of Community, Conservation, Science and
Creativity to further involve the people of Tasmania in the many diverse celebrations of birdlife that make up
No birding knowledge or binoculars are required to be involved, simply a love for this wonderful island, a
passion for nature and a desire to be part of a great community event. Everyone is welcome
Where: Bruny Island (various locations, festival HQ at Adventure Bay Hall)
When: 19th-22nd October 2018
What: Walks, Tours, Art Workshops, Photography Workshops, Lectures, Quiz, Movie, Birdathon, BBQ’s, Family
Day, Community Market ……
How Much: Variable prices, many events are free or low cost
SOME HIGHLIGHT EVENTS & SPEAKERS
First Dog On The Moon – Opening the Festival Art Exhibition – Saturday 20th 2pm
Sean Dooley – MC of the Big Bird Quiz Night – Saturday 20th 6pm
Katherine Cooper – Artist In Residence – Friday – Sunday
Bob Brown – Louise Crossley Memorial Lecture – Sunday 21st 6.30pm
David Neilson – Orange-bellied Parrot Film – Friday 19th 6.30pm
Chris Tzaros Photography Workshop – Friday 19th 1pm
New Raptor Photography Hide Opening – Monday 22nd 10.30am
Guided walks and workshops with Nick Mooney, Sarah Lloyd, Bob Graham, Fiona Hume, Catherine
Young, Karen Dick, Paul Brooks, Andrew Hingston, Eric Woehler, Tonia Cochran …..…
Over 20 incredible speakers in the Free Daily Lecture Series including scientists, conservationists,
academics, guides, artists, journalists and authors
Family Day – Saturday 20th Market Day – Sunday 21st
KEY FACTS AND LINKS
Bruny Island Bird Festival / 19-22nd October 2018
Three Partners are Inala Nature Tours , BirdLife Tasmania and Bruny Island
Festival Gold Sponsors are Hotel Bruny, Bruny Cider & Pennicotts Wilderness
We have instagram , twitter and facebook as our three social media
#BrunyBirdFestival and #BrunyIslandBirdFestival are our hashtags
The website has all the further festival information:
Home Page / Complete Festival Program / Booking Page