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04 Jul 2016

Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail unveiled at Slimbridge

A very different type of duck, designed by the world-famous Bristol based Aardman studios, landed at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire today. Dusty Duck has been designed exclusively for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) by Aardman studios to celebrate WWT Slimbridge’s 70th anniversary.

WWT Slimbridge Celebratory Dusty Duck Trail Launch (Open to the public 9th July to 10th September 2016) - Will Fairall (10), Charlotte Townsend (9), Eryn Wagstaff (9) and Dylan Lewis (10) from Slimbridge Primary School with Pirate Justy Dusty by Justin Fletcher, Astro Dusty by Ellie Harrison, Smarked's Tiger Dusty by Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes, Patsy Dusty by Joanna Lumley and Ziggy Stardusty by Chris Packham- 4.7.16 Picture by Antony Thompson - Thousand Word Media, NO SALES, NO SYNDICATION. Contact for more information mob: 07775556610 web: www.thousandwordmedia.com email: antony@thousandwordmedia.com The photographic copyright (© 2016) is exclusively retained by the works creator at all times and sales, syndication or offering the work for future publication to a third party without the photographer's knowledge or agreement is in breach of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, (Part 1, Section 4, 2b). Please contact the photographer should you have any questions with regard to the use of the attached work and any rights involved.

And it’s not just one Dusty appearing at Slimbridge this Summer from 9 July – 10 September – there are 14 GIANT 6 ft Dusty Ducks for the public to discover on a special trail, each designed by a celebrity, including:

  • Joanna Lumley’s Absolutely Fabulous Patsy Dusty
  • Chris Packham’s Ziggy StarDusty
  • Justin Fletcher’s Pirate Justy Dusty
  • Smarked’s (CBBC’s Sam and Mark’s) Tiger Dusty
  • Steve Backshall’s Explorer Dusty
  • Kate Humble’s Camo Dusty
  • Matthew Baynton’s (Horrible Histories) Sir Quackalot Dusty
  • Michaela Strachan’s Springtime Dusty
  • Ellie Harrison’s (Countryfile) Astro Dusty

Joanna Lumley, who is appearing in the new Absolutely Fabulous film, recently released on 1 July, said:

“I’m very proud of my Patsy Dusty Duck – she’s absolutely fabulous! And what’s even better is that she and the other fab Dustys will help children fall in love with amazing wetland wildlife.”

Chris Packham from BBC’s Springwatch series said:

“As Vice President of WWT and a massive fan of the late, great David Bowie I’m very proud of Ziggy StarDusty – he’s a fine fellow. More importantly he and the other Dusty Ducks are an imaginative way to get the next generation engaged with nature and hopefully inspired to want to protect it for the future.”

The trail will form part of the Nature Explorer family activities being run at the centre over summer. Families in Gloucestershire and the South West can pick up their Dusty Duck trail map from the admission desk and tick off the fantastic Dustys dotted around WWT Slimbridge’s stunning grounds amongst the real-life ducks

Gary Hasely Nejrup, Slimbridge Centre Manager said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome all our amazing, giant Dusty Ducks to WWT Slimbridge today – they look fantastic in amongst our real life wildlife. Kids (and big kids) will love all the different wild and wacky Dusty Ducks each designed by a well known celebrity with their own take on Dusty Duck. The trail is a great way to get children out and about exploring nature while having the most fun they’ve had all holiday.”

The Celebrity Dusty Duck trail and Nature Explorers activities are included in admission. Find out more information here.