A seven-year-old boy from Barnstaple was inspired to ‘save all the animals’ after watching Attenborough documentary.

A Barnstaple boy who was inspired by David Attenborough to ‘save all the animals’ is doing a sponsored litter pick around the town.

Tom Kite, aged seven, was watching Attenborough’s acclaimed Planet Earth 2 series, with his father, Ross.

He said: “This prompted a lot of questions from Tom regarding the environment and, ultimately, led to him volunteering to sell toys and use all of his money to ‘save the animals’.

“In my wisdom, I suggested we do things properly and try to raise as much money as we can, which Tom was eager to do, and hasn’t let me forget, even for a day.”

Tom Kite, from Barnstaple, is taking part in a sponsored litter pick.Tom Kite, from Barnstaple, is taking part in a sponsored litter pick.

The family has decided to do a sponsored litter pick on the streets of Barnstaple in July in aid of World Land Trust, of which Attenborough is a patron.

Tom soon gained the support of his classmates and even his Taekwondo teacher offered to help raise money.

Other patrons include nature TV celebrities Steve Backshall and Chris Packham of Springwatch fame.

The Trust is an international conservation charity who buys land to preserve and protect entire ecosystems, not a specific species.

Tom’s parents established a Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tom-Kite which anyone can donate to.

Alternatively, people can support Tom in his mission by texting the code TOMK74 and an amount (£1, £2, £5, £10 etc) to 70070.