Wildlife expert Chris Packham joins hundreds at RSPB Rainham event to protect Hen Harriers from poaching

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 August 2017

Hundreds of people gathered at Rainham Marshes to support a RSPB event to raise awareness about hen harriers. Picture: Howard Vaughan

Hundreds of people gathered at Rainham Marshes to support a RSPB event to raise awareness about hen harriers. Picture: Howard Vaughan

Howard Vaughan

Hundreds of animal lovers attended a special event at Rainham Marshes nature reserve supported by a renowned wildlife expert, to highlight the illegal poaching of birds of prey.

Chris Packham, who fronted Bafta-winning BBC One children’s programme The Really Wild Show and presents BBC Two’s Springwatch, supported the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Hen Harrier Day on Saturday, August 5.

The spectacular birds of prey are being illegally persecuted.

Chris told the crowd: “We are sick and fed up of criminals robbing us of our national heritage.”

In his presentation he told of how hen harriers are down to just three nesting pairs in England when all the conditions are right for upwards of 300.

RSPB wildlife crime investigator, Mark Thomas spoke about his work monitoring hen harrier nests and the emotional and moral dilemma of witnessing atrocities so evidence can be gathered and prosecutions brought against perpetrators.

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