Everyone at Dogstival HQ is delighted that Chris has finally been honoured for his work in conservation and nature, and for using his status to give the animal kingdom a shared voice.
From his early days on our TV screens presenting the Really Wild Show, it was obvious that Chris wasn’t going to conform or tow a conservative career path. What was a punk music lover with an, encyclopaedic knowledge and a spikey blonde plume of hair doing on the BBC? He was fascinating to watch, a modern-day Dr Doolittle that played the Clash at full volume and kids of my generation loved it!
Since then, from Spring and Autumn Watches, to award winning campaigns across the globe that highlight persecution of the smallest flea to the largest mammal there has been no stopping him. To more recent Bio-Blitz’s and the Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife, his tireless work continues to ruffle feathers and make a difference to the delicate environment we share together.
As host and ambassador for Dogstival, we’ll be working to help dog lovers understand more about the nature and its inhabitants of the stunning New Forest. An ancient woodland, rich in bio-diversity, unique in roaming wildlife but also a magnet for tourism and inquisitive dogs. Through knowledge of our surroundings we can all make a difference, become more informed and better dog owners, then helping pass that nuggets of that knowledge on.
It’s probably no coincidence that after knocking on the Prime Ministers door to deliver the Manifesto for Wildlife that the ‘powers that be’ decided an honour was long overdue. But in true humble nature, his CBE was dedicated back to the wildlife he serves to protect.
To paraphrase his own acceptance speech, we would like to say “from all the dogs in the world locked in cages or chained to a garden stake, from those dumped as puppies by the side of the road in a cardboard box or breed purely for vanity, beaten and mistreated to make them fight, we stand together to offer our very own Paw Salute to Chris Packham CBE.”
Keep up that Duracell bunny energy and keep telling people what they often don’t want to hear.
Congratulations from everyone at Dogstival!