Self proclaimed ‘twitcher’ Alison Steadman will venture to the northerly Shetland Islands, known for their green pastures, puffins and ponies, to track down some of the UK’s rare birds.
Also a patron for the RSPB, Steadman will visit Shetland’s famous puffin colonies, trek around the dramatic landscape and try her hand at sea kayaking to get a better look at the birds.
“I’m thrilled to be exploring some incredible wildlife against the stunning backdrop of Shetland,” said Steadman, “a place I have been longing to explore for over 20 years. Shetland is renowned for its seabird colonies, including some rare and beautiful breeds.”
Dan Adamson, director of programmes at Twofour Broadcast, added: “We’re delighted to be with Alison on this amazing trip across Shetland. She’ll be indulging her passion for wildlife and seeing the beauty of these isles for the very first time.”
The collection of 115 moody isles is a haven for many species, not just birds; Steadman may also encounter whales, dolphins and otters during her trip.
ITV spokesperson Katy Thorogood said, "At the very most northern reaches of the UK lies the wild and beautiful landscape of Shetland. It will be such pleasure to join Alison as she explores the natural beauty and diverse wildlife the islands have to offer."
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