Much loved Springwatch presenters set for brighten the winter gloom with in Nottingham this month with their fun and fact packed show Wildlife Road Trip.
Last winter, after months of lockdown stresses, 2.6 million people tuned in to the 1st episode of BBC’s Winterwatch – almost a million more than had watched the same programme the year before and more than watched the opening shows of the 2020’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch series.
Whilst popular presenter Iolo Williams won’t be seen on this year’s Winterwatch due to a diary clash and longstanding Springwatch frontman Martin Games Hughes left the show in 2018 after more than a decade – the popular pair will be in Nottingham on Thursday November 18th for a special ‘Evening with’ event to raise funds for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
The Trust believes the heightened viewing figures for Winterwatch reflect the fact that huge numbers of people turned to nature for solace in a difficult year and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to be welcoming two of the Springwatch family of shows’ favourite presenters to the City to present their fun packed ‘Wildlife Road Trip.
Extremely wild about wildlife, these two brilliant and entertaining enthusiasts will take the audience on a funny and fascinating journey.
The journey begins with stories from their childhood when their love of nature and wildlife was just natural: Martin’s love of chickens and Iolo’s connection with fish and a compulsive desire to skip school, preferring to be out in the wild.
The journey continues with stories of the occurrences and life events that lead them to where they are today, including Martin’s experience as a producer/director and Iolo’s experience working with the RSPB catching egg thieves and working with the army.
The tales of their journeys continue to where they are today: well-known and passionate wildlife TV presenters working with the BBC to educate and inspire its audience to connect with and care for the natural world.
Speaking about the event, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “With the nights drawing in and opportunities to see and enjoy wildlife more restricted with the dark and cold, we’re delighted that Iolo and Martin are coming to Nottingham to help us brighten people’s spirits with their stories, experiences and their sheer infectious enthusiasm for nature.”
Martin & Iolo are touring together with their Wildlife Road Trip which brings together their experiences of the world of wildlife TV presenting to the audiences along with many interesting and unusual wildlife facts. The show will take place at Nottingham’s Albert Hall and tickets are available from the Wildlife Trust’s website.
Erin added: These events are a really important way for the Wildlife Trust to raise funds for our conservation work and we’re really excited and looking forward to what will be a funny, informative and very wild show – and we hope many of Martin and Iolo’s fans will join us.
Tickets can be purchased via nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events
With his shock of unruly hair, his knowledge and passion for wildlife and his eminently relaxed presenting style, Martin is a favourite with audiences. Martin trained as a zoologist before joining the BBC science department as a researcher and moved on to film production. He has worked in television of 30 years and presented film and live television for BBC1 and BBC2. He is passionate about wildlife and is also an active conservationist. He was a member of the Springwatch production and presenting team from 2006 until 2018.
Iolo was born and brought up in mid Wales and studied in London for a degree in ecology at North East London Polytechnic. After graduating he went on to work for the RSPB for almost 15 years as Species Officer for Wales, a job he loved as he worked with some of the country’s rarest breeding birds.Eventually this brought him to the attention of the media and BBC 2’s Visions of Snowdonia and Birdman followed Iolo’s work as an RSPB officer. Today, Iolo is best known as member of the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch presenting team and for presenting series such as Wild Wales for BBC 2.