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BBC presenter Chris Packham accused of spreading lies on Twitter

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BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham came under fire on Twitter last night for suggesting lapwings were being shot ‘despite a 53 per cent decline’.

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BBC's Chris Packham accused of spreading lies

Mr Packham posted a tweet which linked to a petition calling on the Government to introduce a moratorium on the hunting of ‘critically declining’ wading birds such as woodcocks, snipe and golden plover. Lapwings were not mentioned.

Farmers and others were quick to react to the tweet, accusing Mr Packham of ‘deliberately spreading lies’ and ‘losing the plot’.


Former NFU president and AHDB chairman Peter Kendall called for the BBC to sack Mr Packham, claiming he was ‘compromised’.


Mr Packham was later forced to clarify lapwings are not shot in the UK, but the wording of his apology forced some to question whether he was in control of his own Twitter account.

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