Nov 10 2011 by Janine Yaqoob, Ormskirk Advertiser DAVID Lindo is the special guest speaker at Martin Mere’s North West Bird Watching Festival at the end of the month. Known as The Urban Birder, David brings a fresh, urban perspective to modern birding. Tipped as the next Bill Oddie, the younger Lindo first appeared on our screens as a contributor on Springwatch where he took viewers for a guided bird walk around his ‘garden’, Wormwood Scrubs, in west London. Since then he has appeared on numerous shows such as Daybreak, Countrywise, Countryfile and The One Show, sharing his love and knowledge of urban birds and wildlife with the nation. He was also a contributor to the BBC Four series Birds Britannia and has filmed reports for CBS US current affairs show Sunday Morning. David will be speaking both days at the Bird Watching Festival (November 26-27) at 1.30pm with a special book signing between 2.30pm and 3pm. David will also be undertaking a guide in the hide workshop in the Swan Link hide between 11am and 12noon. You do not need to book in advance to attend the talk. In addition, the North West Bird Watching Festival gives visitors access to the hides from 8am in the morning (usually open at 9.30am) to see an early morning swan feed and watch birds leave the roost before having breakfast, free beginners and intermediate photography workshops with Alan Saunders and additional guest speakers talking about WWT conservation breeding work to save the spoon-billed sandpiper. For further event information and a detailed list of exhibitors, please visit wwt.org.uk/ martinmere.