Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 15°C

Search
East Anglia Future 50

'We are coming for you' - Springwatch host Packham pledges to fight crimes against wildlife

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:36 15 February 2019

Chris Packham has campaigned long and hard for wildlife issues Picture: Wendy Turner

Chris Packham has campaigned long and hard for wildlife issues Picture: Wendy Turner

Archant

TV presenter Chris Packham has launched a not-for-profit company called Wild Justice.

The pressure on wildlife has reached The pressure on wildlife has reached "crisis point" Chris Packham has said Picture: Penny Dixie

The new venture has been set up to take on legal cases against public bodies where they are failing to protect species or habitats.

“The wild needs justice more than ever before,” said Mr Packham, who hosted the popular BBC Springwatch from the RSPB’s reserve at Minsmere on the Suffolk coast for three years to 2016.

“The pressures wrought upon our wildlife have reached a crisis point and this is an essential response.

READ MORE: Chris Packham issues rallying cry for wildlife at Suffolk conference

Mr Packham co-hosted BBC's Springwatch at Suffolk's RSPB Minsmere nature reserve with Michaela Strachan.Mr Packham co-hosted BBC's Springwatch at Suffolk's RSPB Minsmere nature reserve with Michaela Strachan.

“The message is clear - if you are breaking the law, if the law is weak, if the law is flawed - we are coming for you. Peacefully, democratically and legally.”

Mr Packham has joined forces with fellow campaigners Dr Mark Avery and Dr Ruth Tingay to establish the initiative, which aims to fund any legal action through public donations and crowdfunding appeals.

Challenges

Chris Packham talking with conservation volunteers during a visit to East Anglia last year Picture: Ross BentleyChris Packham talking with conservation volunteers during a visit to East Anglia last year Picture: Ross Bentley

Mark Avery has taken two legal challenges against Natural England in the past 12 months with solicitors Leigh Day. The first has already been won: Natural England signed an agreement with a grouse moor in West Yorkshire that involved a track being built across the grouse moor. Dr Avery claimed that the track was unlawful under the EU Habitats Directive and Natural England were forced to change their position and now oppose the track being built.

Ruth Tingay co-led a 2018 legal challenge against Scottish Natural Heritage’s decision to licence the culling of ravens on grouse moors in Strathbraan, Perthshire.

READ MORE: Chris Packham talks of uniting conservation and farming on trip to East Anglia

Abused

Mr Packham added: “Our simple premise is to work with the laws we’ve got to seek real justice for our wildlife, to reform, refine or renew those laws we have to ensure that justice can be properly realised.

“Our wildlife has been abused, has been suffering, exploited or destroyed by criminals for too long. Well, no longer. Wild Justice will at last be the voice of those victims and it will be heard . . . and justice will be served.’

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the East Anglian Daily Times

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists