The funeral of much-loved North Devon wildlife enthusiast Johnny Kingdom will be held this weekend.

Johnny’s funeral will be held at 2pm on Sunday (September 23) at the Parish Church of St Mary in Bishops Nympton.

The Exmoor born-and-bred personality died, aged 79, on Thursday, September 6 in a digger accident on his land near Knowstone.

He leaves behind his wife Julie, sons Stuart and Craig, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Family flowers only but donations can be made to North Devon Hospice and Exmoor Search and Rescue at the service or c/o W S Gayton & Son in Bickington.

Following his death Johnny’s family paid tribute to him and said: “A legend has been lost.”

His agent Hilary Knight added the film maker and photographer was ‘one of the last true characters of rural Britain’.

She said: “He embodied all the attributes that are associated with true countrymen.”