My passion for wildlife was stimulated in my teenage years, mainly thanks to my Mum (a biology teacher) who made me look at the world differently and being inspired by writers such as Paul Colinvaux. This early interest developed into biological research in my 20s, when I did practical conservation work in places such as the Comores and Mongolia.
Today, any free time I have I spend pottering around the flatlands of East Anglia or escaping to our hut on the Northumberland coast looking for wildlife and castles with my wife and children.
I studied Biological Sciences at Oxford and Conservation at UCL, and worked at Wildlife and Countryside Link before spending five years as Conservation Director at Plantlife.
I joined the RSPB as Head of Government Affairs in 2004, became Head of Sustainable Development in 2006, before becoming Conservation Director in 2011.
Last November, the Chancellor described hard-won legal protections for our most precious wildlife sites, as a “ridiculous cost on British business”.
I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Let's just say he was having a bad day.
I think there is another Chancellor waiting to break free. A Chancellor who before the election said: "Quite frankly, when it comes to environmental policy the Treasury has often been at best indifferent, and at worst obstructive. That attitude is going to change if the government changes. I want a Conservative Treasury to be in the lead of developing the low–carbon economy and financing a green recovery.””
Watch our ‘Wake Up George’ animation to see the real George in action.
The current economic crisis means the Chancellor needs to deliver economic growth and create jobs. But we don’t believe that the environment is a barrier to success. It is crucial to our well-being and our economic performance.
What we want is smart growth that does no environmental harm.
Please step up for nature and e-mail George Osborne now. Urge him to use his Budget statement on 21 March to put the environment at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery.
It only takes a couple of minutes.
woops,by the way I see the Government gave Purbeck area £626,000 towards wildlife and other organisations gave other money to make it more than £1.5 million.
Also see the Hawk and Owl trust think is the organisation backing the e-petition with Chris Packham at its head so one more person goes up a long way in my estimation,must admit that for every thing I have admired him for in the past another has soon made me think not so good.Must be on his side in future.
Martin you get better all the time,really appreciate you passing my message on.
That sounds like a deal, Sooty...
Like your velvet optimistic approach Martin.Will e-mail but it will cost you a serious assault on 100,000signatures on e-petition.Unfair i know but all is fair for Hen Harriers.