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Chris Packham in row with council over removal of wildflowers

A row has broken out between naturalist Chris Packham and a council after an area of wildflowers was cut down. The TV presenter criticised Derbyshire Dales District Council on Twitter for mowing an area near Matlock's Arc Leisure Centre. He said the issue highlighted by not-for-profit group Little Green Space...
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Chris Packham says deaths of birds of prey on Dorset shooting estates ‘very concerning’

Just days after Dorset Police closed an "inconclusive" investigation into the poisoning of a rare white-tailed eagle on a shooting estate, the force has confirmed it is making fresh enquiries following the discovery of the bodies of a red kite and a buzzard.The deaths have raised serious concerns among wildlife campaigners that those illegally targeting birds of prey are increasingly turning away from the poisons used in recent decades, to rodenticides used to kill mice and rats legally.All three carcasses were found by a member of the public on pheasant shooting estates in Dorset, with the death of the white-tailed...
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Chris Packham sues men for libel over fraud claims

Wildlife expert Chris Packham is suing three men for libel over claims he defrauded the public. The broadcaster took action over online articles claiming he tricked people into donating to the Wildheart Trust to rescue tigers while knowing they were well treated. Weblog editor Dominic Wightman, writer Nigel Bean and...
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Chris Packham says ‘line in the sand’ was crossed with defamatory articles

Environmentalist Chris Packham has said that a “line in the sand” was crossed after a series of defamatory articles made claims that he misled the public into donating to a wildlife charity to rescue tigers.The TV naturalist is suing three men for libel at the High Court over nine online articles claiming he defrauded people into donating to the charity to rescue the tigers while knowing they were well looked after.The strongly denied allegations, repeated in several tweets and videos, relate to Mr Packham’s involvement with the Wildheart Trust charity, which runs a wildlife sanctuary on the Isle of Wight.One...
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‘Articles claiming Chris Packham misled public into donating are defamatory’

A series of disputed articles alleged environmentalist Chris Packham misled the public into donating to a wildlife charity to rescue tigers and are defamatory, a High Court judge has found.The TV naturalist is suing three men for libel over nine online articles claiming he defrauded people into donating to the charity to rescue the tigers while knowing they were well looked after.The strongly denied allegations, repeated in several tweets and videos, relate to Mr Packham’s involvement with the Wildheart Trust charity, which runs a wildlife sanctuary on the Isle of Wight.One of the articles on the website Country Squire Magazine...
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Chris Packham: Wildlife expert backs Hoylake beach rewilding

Allowing vegetation to grow on a beach, which has been left to become grassland in a bid to improve biodiversity, has turned it into an "oasis" for nature, wildlife expert Chris Packham has said. Wirral Council stopped spraying herbicides on Hoylake beach in 2019 and also no longer rakes the...
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Badgers? Spare your tears, Chris Packham

In The Wind in the Willows, Badger is depicted as a bachelor, preferring his own company – but that wasn’t the only thing that Kenneth Grahame got wrong. A real badger’s response to a mole who had fallen over his doorscraper would not be to welcome him inside his den: he’d eat him.
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Chris Packham in libel claim over articles ‘which alleged he misled public’

Environmentalist Chris Packham is bringing a High Court libel claim over articles which he says falsely alleged he misled the public into donating to a wildlife charity to rescue “broken” tigers from circuses.The TV naturalist is bringing a claim over a series of online articles which repeatedly claimed he defrauded the public into donating to the charity to rescue the tigers while knowing they were well looked after.The allegations, which were repeated in several tweets and videos, relate to his involvement with the Wildheart Trust, a charity he is a trustee of.Mr Packham strongly denies the allegations and is suing...
LAW

Chris Packham brands bird shooting law a ‘fiasco’ as pheasants categorised as both livestock and wild animals

Every year around 50 million pheasants are reared by gamekeepers on private land and released into the British countryside. But are pheasants livestock, or are they wild animals? The answer, it seems, is “it depends”.The question has popped up because of changes to the wording of a law which governs the legality of shooting birds such as crows, magpies and pigeons. These species, it is argued, can impact game birds, which the law says count as livestock.But the changes are being questioned by conservationists because if the protections for game birds are based on them being classified as livestock, at...
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Chris Packham: ‘As it turns out, octopuses are complete escape artists’

It was Easter 1981, and I was a 20-year-old zoology student at the University of Southampton, about to set off on my first trip abroad without my parents. It was a two-week field trip, travelling with a group of fellow students to Zahara de los Atunes in Andalucia in southern Spain to explore the local wildlife.
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