You’ll enjoy listening to this podcast recorded on Monday when a small gang of us visited Chris Packham in the New Forest.
Chris talks to Charlie Moores about Hen Harriers and Hen Harrier Day, Cecil the Lion, hatred and deep loathing, the state of wildlife NGOs, the BTO, looking at butterflies and what the future might look like.
Charlie asks, as he always does, some really good questions that get the best out of Chris.
Chris also says some very nice things about Inglorious for which he wrote a brilliant Foreword.
From the podcast: ‘What Mark’s done is to put the facts down on the page and so everyone can make their minds up. And I’ll be very surprised if they read that book and think that driven grouse shooting is still a good idea in the 21st century‘
From the podcast: ‘The book is symbolic of the age that we’re living in. It’s an age of increased activism.‘
From the Foreword to Inglorious: ‘I like Mark Avery’s outlook and attitude. He’s fairly unique among conservationists for two important reasons – he doesn’t sit on the fence,and he doesn’t pull his punches. Thus he isn’t afraid to say it like it is and doesn’t shy away from a fight.‘
From the Foreword to Inglorious: ‘So when we are told by the shooting fraternity that they are ‘looking after the uplands’ the joke simply isn’t funny any more. they burn it, drain it, poison it, denude it of any life that may possibly harm a grouse, and then kill the grouse themselves. How absurd.‘
On Twitter: ‘If you read one book this summer make it ‘Inglorious‘ by @MarkAvery‘