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Springwatch's Chris Packham says he has to eat "humble pie" on recharging his Tesla in West Norfolk




Springwatch presenter Chris Packham has confessed he has to "eat humble pie" over his assertion that he could not charge his electric vehicle in West Norfolk.

Chris, who is at Wild Ken Hill at Snettisham broadcasting live tonight in the final week of the popular BBC2 nature programme, had said when he arrived in the county that finding anywhere to charge his Tesla had proved difficult.

But this morning on BBC Radio Norfolk's Breakfast Show he said: "Indeed, if I may I'm going to cut myself a small slice of humble pie because your listeners did correct me, and there are charging points and I did try a couple of them and they weren't functional, but that's another thing and there was one significant block of charging that inexplicably failed to be identified on any of my charging maps. I should really get around to sending the proprietors of that charging point an email saying 'why can't I find you when I look for you'. It is all very well having them but you have got to make them publicly viewable.

The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, with BBC presenter Chris Packham ..Picture By Paul Marsh. (47983789)
The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, with BBC presenter Chris Packham ..Picture By Paul Marsh. (47983789)

"But no to a a great extent I have to say I stand corrected, not that I wouldn't be encouraging the people of Norfolk to invest in more electric charging points."

"They were there but I simply could not find them."

He said he and fellow presenter Michaela Strachan had greatly enjoyed their time at Wild Ken Hill.

The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham...Picture By Paul Marsh. (47983854)
The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham...Picture By Paul Marsh. (47983854)

"It has been absolutely fantastic. Wild Ken Hill is an exemplar when it comes to that forward thinking that I was talking about; here we have a farm and estate, which is still farming, but in a regenerative way which is much better for wildlife; they've given some of their unproductive land over to a rewilding project which is already giving dividends and they invest heavily in conservation and I hope that all of their farm neighbours will be looking over the fence and taking at least some of their ideas and putting them into practice because it is clear we can make those changes in our landscape, we can make those changes in our lives.

"We have a toolkit to restore, recover, repair, reinstate and reintroduce, whatever it happens to be."

The presenter had come on the programme to urge Norfolk County Council to rethink its decision, taken yesterday, to go ahead with the Western Link road that will connect the Northern Distributor Road around Norwich with the A47 via the picturesque Ringland Hills.

One of the reasons put forward for the road is to improve links with West Norfolk but it will mean driving a £198 million highway through some of the most wildlife-rich environment in the county, including rare Babastrelle bats.

"I would urge Norfolk council to think very hard about the long term implications of giving this project the go-ahead," he said.

The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, ..Part of the Production unit electric vehicles on site for the show...Picture By Paul Marsh. (47983793)
The 2021 BBC Springwatch will be Broadcast from the Wild Ken Hill Estate at Snettisham, ..Part of the Production unit electric vehicles on site for the show...Picture By Paul Marsh. (47983793)

Springwatch is on tonight at 8pm on BBC2 and the final four programmes will be broadcast live this week with the last one on Friday evening.

While Michaela and Chris are at Wild Ken Hill, Iolo Williams in in the Highlands of Scotland and Gillian Burke in Northern Ireland.

Animals much featured this year from Wild Ken Hill have been the brown hares, the deer and the many birds, from lapwing, avocet and marsh harrier to buzzard and pied wagtail, many filmed on their nests.

The show has cut down the crew this year, partly in response to Covid concerns but also in an effort to cut its carbon footprint with all vehicles used on the show electric.



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