Ray Mears Sightings – June 2012

Welcome to our second ‘Ray Mears Sightings’ post, in which we bring together the best stories, news articles and interviews with Ray from the past month:

Ray visits Isle of Wight for new series:

As part of a brand new series for ITV, Ray recently visited the Isle of Wight in search of the island’s local badger population. To aid him in his quest, Ray enlisted the help of Badger Trust member Graham Lee, as well as his dog Breez. Yes, the German Shepherd, who has been specially trained to locate badger activity without disturbing the animals, helped to sniff out the creatures for Ray and his film crew. And, as if that wasn’t odd enough, Breez was also fitted with an HD camera to capture her findings. Find out more in this Isle of Wight County Press article, and keep your eyes peeled on the blog for future news on Ray’s upcoming series.

Ray on the set of his second Wild Britain series last year

Ray on the set of his second Wild Britain series last year

Ray Talks Travel:

June saw a bevy of Ray Mears-related content hit the LateRooms website as part of their ‘Destination Inspiration’ campaign. This included a live facebook chat with Ray, where followers of the LateRooms page were able to put their questions to the man himself. You can read the best questions and answers here, which include, amongst other things, Ray’s views on the delicacy of South American rodents.

On a related note, Ray was seen attending a Destination Inspiration event in London recently, where he gave the following interview:

And finally on the LateRooms front, an article on their blog features Ray’s Five Essential Tips for Outdoor and Adventure Travel.


St John Ambulance First Aid Awards:

It was recently announced that Ray Mears will be hosting this year’s St John Ambulance First Aid Awards, an event which honours first aid role models while raising awareness of the fact that first aid can make the difference between lives lost and lives saved. The event, which will take place at the prestigious Lancaster London hotel on the evening of 19 November, is one which Ray is very proud to be a part of:

The skill to save a life is an essential one; you never know when you could find yourself faced with a situation where first aid is the difference between a life lost and a life saved. That’s definitely the case in the wilderness but also applies at home, in the office or your local neighbourhood. I can’t wait to hear the great first aid stories that come out of this year’s awards and meet those leading the way.

– Ray Mears


Back to the Wild:

And last but by no means least, Ray recently announced his support of the Aspinall Foundation’s Back to the Wild campaign. This fund-raising project aims to rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately return endangered species back to the wild, in a bid to increase numbers of these at-risk animals. You can follow their latest project of relocating three rhinos from Kent to Africa here and, if you wish, you can support the campaign here.


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