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BBC TV's Simon King and Mike Dilger to be special guests at bird and wildlife fair

PUBLISHED: 10:56 08 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:56 08 March 2019

BBC TV presenter Simon King will be a special guest the upcoming Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair. Picture: COURTESY OF PENSTHORPE

BBC TV presenter Simon King will be a special guest the upcoming Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair. Picture: COURTESY OF PENSTHORPE

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A pair of nature and wildlife experts known for their television work will be special guests at a new Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair.

BBC TV presenter Mike Dilger will also appear the upcoming Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair. Picture: COURTESY OF PENSTHORPEBBC TV presenter Mike Dilger will also appear the upcoming Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair. Picture: COURTESY OF PENSTHORPE

Simon King and Mike Dilger will both appear at nature park near Fakenham for the event, which is being held for the first time this year.

Mr King, who has presented shows including Big Cat Diary, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Simon King’s Shetland Dairies, said he was thrilled to be taking part in the fair.

He said: “I love the north Norfolk area as it is buzzing with wildlife and the timing of the event is perfect as May is a busy time for migrating species.

“I will be giving a talk on both days, as well as hosting some guided walks, and I look forward to seeing everyone then.”

Visitors enjoy Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, which is hosting an upcoming bird and wildlife fair Photo : Steve AdamsVisitors enjoy Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, which is hosting an upcoming bird and wildlife fair Photo : Steve Adams

Mr Digler, who is the wildlife reporter on the BBC’s One Show, said he “couldn’t wait” to visit Pensthorpe.

He said: “Norfolk is rightly famed for its calibre of both birds and habitats, and what better time to visit than the middle of the breeding season when the birds are at their most showy. With the Norfolk Wildlife Trust being the nominated charity, the event will support conservation in the county, so your visit to the fair should be the ultimate win-win scenario.”

The bird and wildlife fair on May 18-19 aims to showcase Norfolk as the “birdwatching capital of Britain”, and will feature demonstrations, walks and talks and book signings.

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The fair will bring together experts in the fields of optic equipment, wildlife-inspired arts and crafts, books and nature holidays.

Pensthorpe Natural Park owners Bill and Deb Jordan. Picture: Ian BurtPensthorpe Natural Park owners Bill and Deb Jordan. Picture: Ian Burt

Bill Jordan, Pensthorpe’s owner, said: “We are delighted that Simon and Mike are appearing at the fair and giving visitors a glimpse into their extraordinary careers and helping us showcase the abundance of wildlife and birds that we have here on our doorstep in Norfolk. Of course, May is also a busy migratory period, giving us the perfect opportunity to celebrate our birds.

“We are looking forward to showing Mike around the reserve and welcoming back Simon, following on from Pensthorpe hosting BBC Springwatch for three years.”

The event will be hosted by Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT) charity, for more information, visit pensthorpe.com/birdfair.

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