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13 Feb 2017

Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail this Feb

WWT Arundel Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail  – students 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

A very different type of duck has landed at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre this February – Dusty Duck has been designed exclusively for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) by Aardman studios. And it’s not just one Dusty appearing at Arundel from 4 Feb to 5 March but 14 GIANT Dusty Ducks for visitors to discover on a special trail. Each has been designed by a celebrity, including:

  • Joanna Lumley’s Absolutely Fabulous Patsy Dusty
  • Smarked’s (CBBC’s Sam and Mark’s) Tiger Dusty
  • Chris Packham’s Ziggy StarDusty
  • Justin Fletcher’s Pirate Justy 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 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.”

In addition to following the Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail children can make a splash as the South East Puddle Jumping Championships return to WWT Arundel on Feb 18-26. Children will compete against each other to see who can produce the biggest splash from their puddle jump.  They will also be judged on their enthusiasm and jumping style.   Daily winners will be announced throughout the half term and some lucky ‘super-splashers’ will receive a fantastic prize from Dusty Duck himself!

The daily competitions are held at 11am and 2.30pm plus there are plenty of jumping practice zones around the reserve. February will be fabulous with plenty of ways to get the kids outdoors at Arundel Wetland Centre.

Dave Fairlamb, Arundel Centre Manager said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome all our amazing, giant Dusty Ducks to WWT Arundel – they’ll look fantastic in amongst our real life wildlife. Kids (and big kids) will love all the different wild and wacky Dusty Ducks. The trail and the puddle jumping contest are a great ways to get children out and about exploring nature while having the loads of fun.”

The Celebrity Dusty Duck trail and Southeast Puddle Jumping Championships activities are included in admission along with a trip on the boat safari. Find out more information at wwt.org.uk/arundel