An Evening with Simon King

Friday 21st September 2012

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Popular wildlife TV presenter and cameraman Simon King OBE will tonight share his views on badgers and bovineTB and other issues at the Hallmark Hotel (formerly the Belfy) in Handforth, Cheshire.

Dr. Janel Fone, chief executive of Cheshire Wildlife Trust said:

“As a popular and passionate all-round naturalist, Simon is perfectly placed to inspire us in Cheshire during our bi-centenary celebrations.  Hundreds of people will enjoy all he has to share with us about his latest wildlife adventures and the challenges our wildlife faces today, including bovineTB.”

Commenting on BBC Newsnight this week about a proposed trial badger cull, Simon said: 

“The Wildlife Trusts wholeheartedly sympathise with the farming community. We work alongside farmers on a daily basis and we have a tremendously good and strong relationship with them.  We empathise with anybody who has lost a herd as a consequence of an outbreak.  With positive reactors, it’s devastating.

“The argument is simply this – science proves, and has categorically proved time and time again, that killing badgers does not have a lasting and measurable effect to any great extent in eradicating bTB.  Let’s be really clear:  the enemy here is not badgers.  It is not farmers.  It’s not politicians.  It is bovine tuberculosis.”

Simon King, President of The Wildlife Trusts, joins Cheshire Wildlife Trust as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.  With more than 25 years in front of and behind the camera, he has become one of our most respected TV naturalists best known for his relaxed, whispering commentary, from as far afield as remote and windswept Scottish islands to the plains of Africa.

An accomplished and award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Simon has been behind some of the footage on a number of David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ series produced by the BBC’s acclaimed Natural History Unit.

In 2011, cameras followed Simon for a year as his family encountered the wildlife of the Shetland Islands including otters and killer whales.  He is now concentrating on his online site ‘Wildlife Whisperer’ and continues to lead guided tours throughout the world.

A limited number of tickets to see Simon King will be available on the door from 6:45pm, costing £15 each.

Visit http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/badgers-and-bovineTB for more information about The Wildlife Trusts' badger vaccination work and why it opposes a cull.

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