Presenter Chris Packham provides his personal take on contemporary wildlife conservation.
Photo credit - Scott Tibbles.
THE TRUTH ABOUT WILDLIFE - FARMLAND
Naturalist Chris Packham presents a personal look at what is going wrong and sometimes right with wildlife conservation in England.
Despite millions of pounds of public money being spent, many key habitats in iconic areas such as Dartmoor and the New Forest are in decline and some species are facing extinction.
Chris travels across the South and West of England to question and challenge those most closely involved in conservation as to whether what they are doing is working.
In the first of three programmes, Chris looks at farmland which has a crucial role in sustaining England's wildlife.
He is dismayed to find a farmer ploughing up wildlife-friendly field margins to plant wheat because there is more money in the crop than in wildlife grants.
Chris asks why, despite millions spent on grants for wildlife-friendly farming, the decline continues.
He says more needs to be done to support farmers who play a vital role in protecting our wildlife.
Conserving the grey partridge
For more information on restoring the grey partridge there is a free conservation guide available by phoning The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust on 01425 651060 or by visiting their website below.The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust: Conserving the grey partridge
Grey partridge makes comeback on farm land
The grey partridge was once plentiful but numbers have dropped dramatically since the 1950s as a result of intensive farming and the use of pesticides.BBC News: Grey partridge makes comeback on farm land
Since the 1990s some farmers have taken advantage of EU and government grants to take small areas of land out of production to help the bird.
Naturalist Chris Packham visited the Duke of Norfolk's Sussex estate, where 12% of farm land has been sacrificed to help the grey partridge - with impressive results.
- Chris Packham
- Jenny Craddock
- Executive Producer
- Simon Willis