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Simon King OBE

Visit Somerset is delighted to announce the inclusion of another famous Somerset face to represent the county as an ambassador.

"I’m delighted to have been asked to help represent the magic of the county that is my home."

Naturalist and broadcaster, Simon King OBE, has been making wildlife films for over thirty years and is familiar name to millions as a presenter of various BBC wildlife series. In addition to his high profile presentation roles on ‘Spring watch’, ‘Autumn Watch’ and ‘Big Cat Diary’, Simon has an impressive catalogue of credits to his name, from the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series, to landmark projects such as ‘Planet Earth’.

"I am thrilled that Visit Somerset will be making the natural environment such an important part of their agenda, with support from the Somerset Wildlife Trust and other conservation bodies. Their collaboration will ensure Somerset’s marvelous wildlife and varied habitats are a key feature for visitors to the county".

Simon has happily taken up the post to lend support to ‘Visit Somerset’s’ mission; to conserve and develop the county’s natural beauty and heritage for generations to come.

Camera and editing work: Ben Alison

“I’m delighted to have been asked to help represent the magic of the county that is my home and in particular to help celebrate the astonishing natural riches that typify this part of the world” said King. “In particular, I am thrilled that Visit Somerset will be making the natural environment such an important part of their agenda, with support from the Somerset Wildlife Trust and other conservation bodies. Their collaboration will ensure Somerset’s marvelous wildlife and varied habitats are a key feature for visitors to the county”.

Simon’s website, ‘Wildlife Whisperer’ (www.wildlifewhisperer.tv) will be working alongside ‘Visit Somerset’ to help visitors to the county find the best features Somerset has to offer. The ‘Wild Places’ map on Wildlife Whisperer will guide visitors to the best reserves, wildlife attractions, hotels and places to stay in the county, and the world over. In addition, visitors to the website can enjoy a wealth of free to view films, live cameras that watch wildlife spectacles, blogs, news and wildlife watching products.

Among the charities he supports as patron is Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset. Simon, an OBE holder (for contributions to conservation and wildlife photography) hopes that his new role as ambassador for Visit Somerset will help to raise awareness for this remarkable charity.

Secret World has been helping the wildlife of the South West for decades and Visit Somerset will be offering a platform to inform people about the projects, open days and fund raising initiatives of the initiative.

Pauline Kidner, the founder of Secret World told us “Secret World Wildlife Rescue is proud to be part of ‘Visit Somerset’. Through our work caring for wildlife casualties we can promote the huge diversification of habitats that Somerset has, thus supporting a wide variety of wildlife rarely found in any other county in the British Isles. We are delighted therefore that Simon has also become an ambassador for Visit Somerset in supporting Somerset’s natural habitats.”

The charity is already featured as part of the Somerset explorer package - a group booking based project launched recently with ‘First solutions’ and Visit Somerset. This can be found at the following URL address; www.visitsomerset.co.uk/special-offers/somerset-explorer.

“Visit Somerset has big aspirations in terms of supporting and protecting Somerset’s natural heritage and this is a major step forward for us” says John Turner, director in charge of international development. Turner went onto say; “Somerset is already known for its natural beauty and having Simon on board to endorse this nationally and internationally is a great privilege”.

Check out Simon Kings latest Somerset wildlife podcasts at:

http://www.wildlifewhisperer.tv/whats-new/1224

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