I don’t think that Chris Packham will be frightened by the local backlash following his comments about alleged over grazing of the New Forest.
Time and time again, Chris has proved himself to be a courageous advocate for wildlife, standing up to all sorts of organisations and even national governments. The fact that he is disliked means that he is often hitting a raw nerve. I admire him greatly.
Of course, he isn’t always 100% correct in all that he says but it is wrong to label him as “using his celebrity status to advance his profile”.
The one thing I know about Chris is that he cares very deeply about wildlife and he speaks out for the benefit of that, not himself.
Whether you agree or disagree with what he says, he does sterling work in raising issues that do need to be addressed. I remain a member of the Chis Packham fan club.
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It was a most remarkable day at Hampshire County Council today. As Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition group, I led the charge against the proposed closure of the Orchard Close Care Home, in Hayling Island.