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Bill Oddie to headline Festival of Nature 2015


Iconic broadcaster Bill Oddie will headline the Talks Tent at this year’s Festival of Nature to coincide with the launch of his new book Unplucked.

He will be joined at the festival by TV presenters George McGavin and Mike Dilger and a host of other well-known names at the UK’s biggest free wildlife event which takes place 13-14 June on the Bristol Harbourside.

Bill Oddie will be speaking on the Saturday of the festival about his wild experiences and sharing anecdotes and insights from his new book. He says:

“Several of my recent appearances in Bristol have been concerned with nature’s problems; the badger cull, poisoning and snaring on shooting estates, and so on. You can be sure that this event will be celebrating the joys of wildlife and the people who bring it to us via our TV’s. Including me!”

Savita Custead, chief executive, Bristol Natural History Consortium which organises the festival says:

“Bill Oddie is one of the UK’s best loved entertainers and conservationists and we can’t wait to welcome him to the festival to talk about his life and career in the natural world and beyond.

“He joins a fantastic range of talks and events at the festival on everything from sustainable living to conservation and spanning serious discussions to dinosaur raps with Andy Day from CBeebies, so there really is something for everyone!”

George McGavin is the One Show’s resident bug man and is the star of a host of BBC documentaries. He’ll be talking through his experiences on and off camera and will be available for a question and answer session.

His One Show colleague Mike Dilger will also be speaking at the event. Mike is a British ecologist, ornithologist and television presenter who has presented programmes for both the BBC and Channel 5.

Additional speakers include Jen Gale, who will be discussing a year she spent without buying anything new; author Paul Glynn and the co-director of Bristol Skipchen Dylan Rakhra.