The festival line-up will include famous names like Iolo Williams from Springwatch plus some of the tremendous talent from Dumfries and Galloway.

Full details of the headline guests and the major films to be shown will be unveiled soon but we can already tell you that Iolo will be presenting a fascinating talk about his career in and out of the media.

He will describe his exploits making films all round the world, which have included being charged by grizzly bears in Alaska and encounters with Komodo dragons in Indonesia.

He said: “Having a new festival devoted to the best wildlife film and photography, and with lots of live discussion, is a brilliant idea and I’m really looking forward to being there.”

Among the other speakers and presenters will be:

Jesse will be looking at what Dumfries and Galloway offers at night. He takes people on stargazing and photographic expeditions to make the most of the unparalleled views from the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. Keith will be talking about his work as a filmmaker and photographer.

Morag and Ted are well-known for their Zero Footprint project which has seen them take thousands of pictures from the same spot overlooking the Rhinns of Kells. Their creative use of season, light and weather conditions has created a very special collection of subtle and atmospheric landscape images.

Another attraction will be the British Wildlife Photographer Exhibition which will be hosted at the Gracefield Arts Centre.