TV celeb set to Whoop it up with feathered friends

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Face of The One Show and probably the most widely watched wildlife presenter on TV today, Mike Dilger is visiting WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre on Monday, January 28, to take on the challenge of feeding thousands of whooper swans as well as doing an evening talk.

Mike is visiting all nine WWT centres in as many days as part of a Big 9 Challenge to raise money for the spoon-billed sandpiper conservation breeding programme.

He will be arriving at Martin Mere around lunchtime to be trained up to do the 3pm and the 3.30pm swan feeds at the centre.

The 3.30pm will also include a commentary from Mike (pictured) providing entertainment for our visitors.

The evening talk will commence at 6pm. Entitled ‘The Trials and Tribulations of a TV Naturalist’, the talk is said to be an informative, entertaining and, in places, hilarious rollercoaster of a ride revealing everything you wanted to know about filming wildlife and writing nature books, but were afraid to ask. The cost of attending the talk is £15 and you must book in advance by calling 01704 895181.

You will be able to follow Mike’s progress online at when he starts the challenge on January 25 at WWT Arundel.

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 station.

Visit the web site to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.