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Celebrity speaker at Bird Watching Festival

Celebrity David Lindo is the special guest speaker at WWT Martin Mere’s North West Bird Watching Festival on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November.

David Lindo is The Urban Birder, bringing a fresh, urban perspective to modern birding. Tipped as the next Bill Oddie, the younger, hipper Lindo first appeared on our screens as a contributor on Springwatch where he took viewers for a guided bird walk around his ‘garden’, Wormwood Scrubs, in west London. Since then he has appeared on numerous shows such as Daybreak, Countrywise, Countryfile and The One Show, sharing his love and knowledge of urban birds and wildlife with the nation. He was also a contributor to the BBC Four series Birds Britannia and has filmed reports for CBS US current affairs show Sunday Morning. (Picture credit: Russel T Spencer)

David will be speaking everyday at the Bird Watching Festival at 1.30pm with a special book signing between 2.30pm and 3pm. David will also be undertaking a guide in the hide workshop in the Swan Link hide between 11am and 12 noon.

In addition, the North West Bird Watching Festival has the following:

  • Access to the hides from 8am in the morning (usually open at 9.30am) to see an early morning swan feed and watch birds leave the roost before having breakfast;
  • Free beginners and intermediate photography workshops with Alan Saunders;
  • Martin Mere has created a new reedbed walk right around the reserve with opportunities to walk this with a warden and learn about the winter migrants;
  • A range of optical and digital demonstrators: in focus; Swarovski; Nikon; Zeiss;
  • A range of specialist stands including Country Innovation; Wildsounds; Second Nature; artists and charities.
  • Additional guest speakers talking about WWT conservation breeding work to save the spoon-billed sandpiper and Ruth and Alan from the Biggest Twitch;
  • Swan feeds at 3pm and 3.30pm when up to a thousand wintering waterfowl will come up to feed including Pink-foooted Geese, Whooper Swans, Teal, Pintail, Pochard and Wigeon.  

For further event information and a detailed list of exhibitors, please visit: www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere.

WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6.  The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations.  Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.