What can the royals offer Cop26? A pledge to rewild their vast estates | Chris Packham

What can the royals offer Cop26? A pledge to rewild their vast estates | Chris Packham

Young people look at the monarchy and its sterile acres and see a huge opportunity to help cool the heating planet

Last weekend I saw a manifestation of hate and a vision of hope. It’s a couple of days I’ll never forget.

In the dark hours of Friday morning, masked thugs crept up to the gates in front of my home and firebombed a car in the driveway, presumably in an attempt to deliver a threatening message. After years of dead birds, badgers and foxes left hanging or thrown outside my house by people in favour of animal hunting, this latest action was a serious escalation. Whatever they wanted, whether they were members of a hunt or just internet trolls, it was clear that intimidation was their intention. As I watched the flames raging in the darkness, I admit I wondered where this would end.

Chris Packham is a naturalist, nature photographer and author, and a presenter on BBC Two’s Springwatch

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