POINT OF VIEW What’s caught my at­ten­tion this week!

Praise for Pack­ham

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

I CAN’T be­lieve I’m say­ing this, but I’m ac­tu­ally prais­ing Chris Pack­ham, who was once abysmally rude to me in pub­lic for be­ing a fish­er­man.

Seems he’s not an an­gler him­self, and he can’t abide any­one else for be­liev­ing in the sport, ei­ther. But I’m leav­ing that aside for a mo­ment, be­cause I do ap­plaud his ini­tia­tive on cre­at­ing a man­i­festo for wildlife.

I haven’t quite got to the bot­tom of this yet, but we’ve re­ally got to look at what is hap­pen­ing to all our wildlife, aquatic or not. As he says, we are close to the bot­tom of a league ta­ble of 160 coun­tries when it comes to look­ing af­ter na­ture. For a na­tion of dog lovers, Coun­try­file watch­ers and David At­ten­bor­ough lovers, that is abysmal.

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