Chris Packham still being targeted

Chris Packham still being targeted

Chris Packham has had more dead birds strung up outside his home
The ‘Springwatch’ presenter, who successfully campaigned for Natural England to revoke general licences needed to kill 16 species of "pest birds", revealed last month he had received death threats and even had a pair of dead crows left outside his house, and now he’s confirmed to the Daily Mirror newspaper that the harassment has continued.
However, the 58-year-old star has no intention of backing down from his campaign, even though it has led to him pulling out of a dog festival in the New Forest because Dogstival organisers feared he would be targeted by protesters.
Chris felt it was right to step away from the event because he didn’t want it to be ruined by unwanted attention.
He told the Daily Echo newspaper: "It was the organisers’ decision. They have worked very hard to set up a fabulous event and don’t deserve to have been so viciously and relentlessly bullied by factions within the shooting fraternity."
Dogstival co-founder Richard Nowell added: "We had to look at the issue of public safety and Chris’s safety as well.
"We could have had people outside the venue with placards or people inside trying to confront Chris.
"Despite his absence we’re hopeful it will still be a huge success – a great day out for dogs and dog-lovers."
Meanwhile, Chris has praised his ‘Springwatch’ co-host Michaela Strachan for her support and concern over the abuse and threats he has received.
He said: "She, as ever, is supportive. She is not only a colleague but a friend. I’ve had a number of concerned messages from her."