TV wildlife presenter on Spalding stage

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A regular column about the goings on at South Holland Centre in Spalding.

Back in July, the BBC announced the venue for this year’s Autumnwatch is the rugged and beautiful Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Caerlaverock Wetland Centre near Dumfries.

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Many will be captivated by the struggles and successes of our feathered and four-legged ‘friends’ when the series airs in five weeks’ time. Our fascination with wildlife programmes shows no abating, spurred on in part by the honesty, likeability and professionalism of the presenters who are prepared to brave all weathers in the most remote locations to bring us closer to nature.

One such presenter is Autumnwatch Unsprung’s Nick Baker who has travelled all over the world filming and documenting the behaviours of the most weird and wonderful creatures. And now, he brings his show about this very subject to the Spalding stage. In Weird Creatures Live at South Holland Centre on Friday, October 16 (7.30pm), Nick will be charting a personal journey to some of the harshest and most extreme locations: from the high elevations of the Andes and the baggy frogs of Lake Titicaca, to the darkest depths of Slovenia’s caves to meet the Olm. Bringing his stories to life through photography and sheer passion, Nick will also be revealing some candid behind the scenes trials and tribulations, and explaining how these animals’ strange looks and habits are actually born of an evolutionary need to tackle some unique habitats and situations.

So what better precursor for those already Autumnwatch hungry? – a chance to encounter one of its contributor’s unfaltering enthusiasm in an enjoyable and enlightening show. Tickets are £13.50, £12.50 concessions, £10.50 under 26s, £42 for a family from the Box Office 01775 764777 or southhollandcentre.co.uk