Springwatch to crimewatch: How Chris Packham plans to take on the nature regulators

“I don’t care if they do feel under siege – we pay for them,” says the Springwatch presenter Chris Packham when asked whether his latest project – Wild Justice – is going to make the likes of Natural England feel, well, persecuted. “They have been put in place to protect and manage our wildlife, and if they are failing to do so through negligence or because they are under-resourced, then we have a right to question their decision-making.”

Wild Justice has been set up by Packham, Mark Avery, the former conservation director of the RSPB and now a campaigner and writer, and anti raptor-persecution campaigner Ruth Tingay. Its sole object is to take on legal cases where, in particular, public bodies have failed in their duty to protect wildlife – organisations that could easily come under its scrutiny include Natural England, but also DEFRA, the Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Natural Resources Wales.

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