TV presenter and cameraman Simon King, OBE, encouraged people in Somerset to stand up for the natural world at a special 50th Anniversary event held by Somerset Wildlife Trust at Queen’s College, Taunton, on Saturday (Nov 22.)
The evening draws to a close the Trust’s Golden Anniversary year, which has celebrated some of Somerset's best natural wonders, with an extensive programme of events creating opportunities for more than 7,000 people to experience and enjoy local wildlife.
Get behind The Act for Nature
During an inspirational talk to more than 450 people, Simon urged more people to become members of Somerset Wildlife Trust and to get behind campaigns such as The Act for Nature, which aims to bring about the recovery of nature in a generation. Using footage from the webcams at his Somerset home Simon also talked about how he has turned his ten acres of pasture into a wildlife Eden.
Simon said: “As patron of Somerset Wildlife Trust and President of the Wildlife Trust’s nationally, I am proud to be part of a movement that represents the aspirations of more than 800,000 people.
I believe passionately that a healthy natural environment is at the heart of our prosperity and wellbeing. In our 50th Anniversary year we have put inspiring others at the heart of our activities because we want more people to act for nature’s recovery.”
Make use of citizen science
The event also featured the Trust’s new urban conservation initiative, Routes to the River Tone, in Taunton. Project Manager Nick Tomlinson talked about the impact that citizen science could have on the town’s environment with bat and water vole surveys already underway.
Nick added: “We want to challenge the perception that towns are barren places, where little wildlife can be found. In Taunton nothing could be further from the truth. We are blessed with a rich tapestry of interwoven green spaces and waterways, teeming with an amazing variety of wildlife. Routes to the River Tone is a fantastic opportunity to re-connect people with nature.”
It is thanks to the support of its 19,000 members that Somerset Wildlife Trust is able to manage 72 nature reserves, provide wildlife-friendly land management advice, campaign and educate to make sure Somerset remains one most wildlife-rich places in the UK.
To become a member of Somerset Wildlife Trust look here or to back the Act for Nature campaign visit this page.