Wildlife Road Trip!
At Cause UK, we’re thrilled to continue our work showcasing wildlife and nature talks and events.
This October, we’re bringing two of the UK’s best-loved wildlife TV presenters for a wildly entertaining evening at the Royal Hall in Harrogate.
Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams promise an exhilarating ‘Wildlife Road Trip’.
The pair, best known for working on the flagship Springwatch TV series, will take audiences on a funny and fascinating journey. They’ll begin with tales from their childhood – where their love of nature began – and tell of the life events that led them to where they are today.
It promises a behind-the-scenes insight into wildlife TV presenting, from Martin’s experience as a producer and director in TV, to Iolo’s experience working with the RSPB, catching egg thieves and working with the army.
The evening is in association with Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which covers half the Harrogate District.
Clair, Director of Cause UK, said: “Last year, we brought Chris Packham and Steve Backshall to Harrogate and we’re proud to continue showcasing wildlife events that help highlight the work of the AONB – a beautiful landscape on our doorstep, and a haven for wildlife. Martin and Iolo are infectiously enthusiastic and we hope they’ll inspire audiences of all ages to engage with nature. The climate emergency is the most pressing issue in our lifetime, and fostering a love of nature is vital to ensure we protect it.”
The Wildlife Road Trip includes audience participation. Along the journey, the pair will be assisted by a well-known virtual wildlife expert popping up to make sure the facts are correct, adding a funny and informative addition to the show.
Martin Hughes-Games trained as a zoologist before joining the BBC science department. He’s worked in TV for over 30 years and is an active conservationist. Iolo Williams is most widely known for his work on the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch presenting team, as well as series such as Wild Wales for the BBC.
Nidderdale AONB publishes its ‘State of Nature’ report later this year; its findings from over 650 surveys and hundreds of species records collated by volunteers over three years.
Sarah Kettlewell, AONB Manager, said: “We hope this event with Martin and Iolo will help throw the spotlight on The State of Nature report. Our projects are very much about people as data – getting them engaged with their local wildlife, taking action and raising awareness. The State of Nature report will crucially help us plan future practical conservation and public engagement activities which desperately need to happen.”
Martin said: “Nidderdale is rich in wildlife but it needs our help to stay that way. Over a nearly 40-year long career in TV my main passion has been to try to get more people interested in conservation to help protect our special places.”
The Wildlife Road Trip with Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams is on 3 October, 2020 at the Royal Hall, Harrogate.
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Martin Hughes-Games 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 Williams is a Welsh naturalist, broadcaster, public speaker and writer who’s worked in conservation for over 30 years.
He is most widely known as a popular member of the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch presenting team and for presenting series such as Wild Wales, Rugged Wales and Great Welsh Parks for BBC 2.