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By Christie Breen
TV star looking forward to festival

RENOWEND BBC wildlife broadcaster Iolo Williams will be the keynote speaker at the 2023 Moffat Eagle Festival this autumn.

The first of its kind in the UK, the community-led festival is viewed as another significant milestone for the award-winning South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project which, thanks to support from the project partners and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, has already helped to increase the local population of golden eagles to 38 (the highest number recorded for three centuries) following a series of groundbreaking translocations.

The star features within a festival programme of fascinating and fun events for all ages, celebrating one of Scotland’s most iconic species, from September 22 to 24 September 2023.

Now in its third year, this year’s festival programme includes a family fun day, an Eagle Hill Fell Run, a motorbike event, a chainsaw demonstration by Moffat-based award-winning carver Peter Bowsher, live music, wildlife and author talks, and more.

Speaking about his involvement in the 2023 Moffat Eagle Festival, Iolo Williams said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the Moffat Eagle Festival to celebrate the fantastic work of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project in boosting the small golden eagle population in the south of the country. It’s going to be a brilliant day with a whole series of fascinating talks and fun events. There really will be something for the whole family.

“I will be speaking on Saturday 23 September, but would love to stay for the whole weekend if I can.”

Rick Taylor is the community engagement officer at South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project and one of the founders of the festival. He added: “The Moffat Eagle Festival has become a must-attend annual event for wildlife lovers across the country, bringing fantastic economic, social and cultural benefits to the area. Its continued success is absolutely testament to the community’s phenomenal support for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.”


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