RSPB could rename Minsmere hide in honour of Love Island star
PUBLISHED: 14:38 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:58 30 July 2018
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has said it will temporarily rename its Island Mere bird hide at Minsmere as Love Island Mere Hideaway – should bird-watching Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer win.
The RSPB is backing the couple – known as Jani – to win Love Island in Monday’s finale, because of Jack’s fondness for birds.
Minsmere nature reserve, near Saxmundham, is owned and managed by the RSPB and hosts some of the UK’s rarest wildlife.
Contestant Jack has warmed the hearts of viewers with his penchant for bird-watching while in the popular dating programme’s villa.
While watching swifts swooping down to catch flies by the pool in a recent episode, he said: “I could do this for hours, it’s amazing. This is a little nature haven - I love nature.”
Using plenty of bird and Love Island puns, Jeff Knott, RSPB regional director, said: “Jani have the full, loyal support of the RSPB - we’ve put all our eggs in one basket and we’re willing them to win.
“It’s been great to watch Jack and Dani find love so swiftly, but even better to see Jack get excited by the wildlife around the villa, enthusing Dani and the other contestants about how brilliant nature is.
“We know Love Island has taken the nation by storm and we hope Jack’s passion has inspired more people to love the wonderful wildlife all around us.”
He added: “We’d be buzzin’ to host them on a visit to one of our reserves around the UK - we have more than 200.
“Whilst Jack and Dani might not yet be fully-fledged members of the DBS (Do Bits Society), we’d love to join them up as members of the RSPB. Unfortunately we don’t have any rainbow fish, but we do have some chirpsing birds, and some dramastic, vibey scenery.
“In fact, Jack’s done such a good job at inspiring others, there could be a job in it for him.”
Jack and Dani, the daughter of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, are currently the bookies’ favourites to win the series.
Coral has the couple at 1/7, while William Hill has put them at 1/8, with more than 50% of all bets placed on them being named as champions.