Julian gets to know one of the region’s real nature nuts

Kevin O'Hara, conservation officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
Kevin O'Hara, conservation officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

A Northumberland Wildlife Trust employee is to appear on television this weekend on a new show described as a ‘beautiful and fun celebration of British wildlife at its best’.

Last summer, conservation officer Kevin O’Hara spent two days otter spotting in Northumberland for a new ITV series fronted by Julian Clary, aptly titled Nature Nuts.

Kevin was born and raised in Sunderland, and, following a military careerwhich took him to the four corners of the world, he returned to the North East to take up a place at Durham University as a mature student, graduating with a first-class BSc honours degree in environmental science in 1995.

Following a role with MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), which involving him working with a number of national and international organisations, he joined Northumberland Wildlife Trust 17 years ago as a conservation officer – and has never looked back.

From being expelled from a French lesson for rescuing a weasel under attack from dogs in the schoolyard to tracking wildlife throughout the world, Kevin really is one of this region’s hidden wildlife gems.

The first episode, which includes Kevin regaling Julian with the wonders of our region – while riding his son’s bike – will be broadcast on Sunday at 7pm on ITV One.

Sunday’s hour-long episode is the first of a three-part series.