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Sir David Attenborough’s annual wildlife lecture heads to Kingston in May

PUBLISHED: 14:35 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 07:38 27 March 2015

Sir David Attenborough (Photo: Tricia de Courcy Ling)

Sir David Attenborough (Photo: Tricia de Courcy Ling)

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Long a resident of Richmond, the much-loved naturalist Sir David Attenborough will be supporting not just one but two local wildlife organisations in the coming months: Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames

First up, Surrey Wildlife Trust, who write a monthly column in Surrey Life, have just launched their Attenborough-backed My Wild Life campaign. With evidence to show that people have a much greater chance of being healthy if they live near to and experience green spaces, the new initiative aims to encourage us all to stop for a minute to reflect on what wildlife means to us.  

“Contact with nature should not be the preserve of the privileged,” says Sir David, who is President Emeritus for all the nation’s Wildlife Trusts. “It is critical to the personal development of our children.”

Surrey Wildlife Trust is encouraging people from all walks of life to share their own personal stories about what nature means to them at mywildlife.org.uk – and Sir David’s story is already among them.

“People turn to nature in moments of joy and in moments of sadness,” he says. “We are part of the natural world: we depend on it for the air we breathe and the food we eat. The Wildlife Trusts are helping people to understand their role in the natural world and their dependency on it. This is essential if we are going to speed up nature’s recovery.” 

Meanwhile, the world-renowned naturalist will also be tackling his annual wildlife lecture for the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames at an even bigger local venue this year.

Kingston’s Rose Theatre will host Sir David’s themed lecture on urban wildlife on Saturday May 16, with other speakers including Elly Berry and Judy Puddifoot from BBC2’s Young Vets.

As ever, demand is expected to be like a herd of wildebeest stampeding to the watering hole, so get in quick for tickets at environmenttrust.co.uk (*NOTE: this event has already SOLD OUT).

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