Steve Backshall speaks out for Forests in the Sky SEARCH NEWS

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Wildlife expert and television presenter Steve Backshall is urging those who care about the world’s wild places to support the Forests in the Sky Appeal launched this month by World Land Trust (WLT). This urgent appeal aims to raise £500,000 in a short space of time to save an area of forest in the eastern Andes of central Ecuador.

Steve knows the forests of Ecuador and in a video message in support of the appeal, he describes his emotional attachment: “It’s a patch of forest that means a tremendous amount to me. The biodiversity there is extraordinary and I have very fond memories of waking in the morning to far off calls from primates and birds as tendrils of mist lift between the trees, exposing some the most beautiful and rich rainforest on the planet.”

Steve recorded his message to support the appeal during a break from presenting the BBC’s Big Blue Live; an action packed documentary recording marine life off the coast of California.

Steve has been described as one of British television’s best presenters, with few equalling his passion and knowledge. His skill as a presenter was highlighted during Big Blue Live: his impromptu commentary on the unexpected sighting of a Blue Whale has had nearly two million views on YouTube.

Earlier in the year Steve raised funds for WLT to save an area of rainforest in Colombia.

Big Match Fortnight

During Big Match Fortnight (1-15 October 2015), all donations to WLT’s Forests in the Sky Appeal will be doubled thanks to match funding pledged in advance by a small group of generous donors.

More information

In October Steve will be starting his Wild World Tour of the UK, an exciting journey illustrated with photos and films from his expeditions in locations across the planet. WLT will have a foyer stand in Warwick Arts Centre on 29 October 2015 on the same night as Steve’s Wild World performance.

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