Chris Packham is a great guy – I admire his toughness and his persistence. But he gets an awful lot of very nasty flak from the shooters. Remember the Countryside Alliance called for the BBC to drop their best wildlife presenter a couple of years ago – well, don’t think that has gone away, the nasty brigade haven’t turned over a new leaf.
Chris seems remarkably unconcerned by these attacks, but he deserves our support even if he might shrug them off anyway.
So when you see him at the Bird Fair this weekend shout out ‘Hello Chris – well done mate!’ every time you see him.
And do something more concrete too – buy this book (and Chris has authored many other books too). You can’t lose – it’s an amazing book of honesty, pain, wildlife, awkwardness and a love of nature. This is one of the bravest and most honest memoirs I’ve ever read. I’d like to tell you that you will enjoy it – you might, but I am sure you will be moved by it and get a lot out of it. And you’ll put a few pence in Chris’s pocket too.