An article published in The National today:
A TV wildlife expert has backed the work of a grouse moor reform group ahead of a key national conference.
Chris Packham has praised the work of Revive ahead of its national conference this weekend. The wildlife expert, TV presenter and conservationist, who is currently at COP26, will host the event. Themes will include issues surrounding intensive grouse moor management in Scotland and examine where this fits within the land reform debate.
The one-day event, People, Wildlife & Environment, run by Revive, has sessions on more wildlife on our moors, energising our environment and land reform, people and power. [See the full programme here]
Speakers include National columnist, broadcaster and campaigner Lesley Riddoch, ecologist Dr Helen Armstrong, Ruth Tingay from Raptor Persecution UK, RSPB Scotland’s Duncan Orr-Ewing, MSPs Colin Smyth, Paul McLennan and Mark Ruskell and former MSP Andy Wightman among others.
Packham said: “As we digest the events of COP26 I’m excited to be staying in Scotland to tackle another real and serious concern, which is the management – or mismanagement – of grouse moors and the circle of destruction which surrounds these.
“Scotland’s grouse moors are firmly in the public eye, thanks to Revive and I’m delighted to be hosting their national conference.
“Revive is an organisation I wholeheartedly support, it is a movement of people taking action because they care about our wildlife and our environment. The desire for reform is growing every single day. Scotland deserves better and our wildlife and environment needs this more than ever.”
Campaign manager for Revive, Max Wiszniewski, added: “We’re thrilled that Chris Packham is hosting our conference this weekend. He has been a firm supporter since our launch three years ago and has been pivotal in the progress Revive has made towards our vision for better land use alternatives.”
The conference takes place on Sunday at the Perth Concert Hall.
Please note, tickets will not be on sale at the door. If you’d like to book, please buy your tickets in advance here