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Chris Packham and David Gower, both Patrons of World Land Trust (WLT), are taking part in public events to mark the Trust’s 25th Anniversary. Tickets for both events are still available.

Earlier in the year another of WLT’s Patrons, Sir David Attenborough, joined guests at a special commemorative event held at the BAFTA theatre, to celebrate the founding of the Trust. He spoke eloquently on his support for the Trust and enjoyed meeting a selection of WLT overseas programme partners.

John Burton, WLT Chief Executive, said: “We are grateful to our Patrons for publicly showing their support in our 25th Anniversary year,” he said. “All three are committed to the cause of conservation and their endorsement of the work of World Land Trust in this landmark year is inspirational to us all.”

Controversial Conservation with Chris Packham 2014

Chris Packham hosted the very successful Controversial Conservation debate in 2013 and he was keen to be involved in this year’s debate at the Royal Society, London, on 2 September. The subject? The thorny issue of hunting and its impact on bird conservation.

On one side of the debate are nature conservationists who believe that killing for sport is not only incompatible with the preservation of wildlife but is directly responsible for the decline of certain species.

On the other side are the sport hunters who believe equally that field sports and wildlife management are an essential part of conserving nature.

Chris will be joined by Bill Oddie, a WLT Ambassador and Council Member, in arguing for a ban on the shooting of migrant birds in Malta, Cyprus and other countries around the Mediterranean. Also speaking out against the impacts of hunting is Mark Avery, another WLT Council Member, who helped organise the recent peaceful protests on Hen Harrier Day against wildlife crime associated with grouse shooting.

Speaking in favour of the conservation benefits of game management is Andrew Gilruth, Director of Membership and Communications at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, and James Barrington, animal welfare consultant.

John Burton will reflect on the impact of hunting on WLT’s overseas conservation programmes and Garry Marvin, social anthropologist and Professor of Human-Animal Studies at the University of Roehampton, will discuss the expectations, experiences and practices of recreational hunters.

This is guaranteed to be a lively debate and will be chaired by Alistair Gammell, former RSPB Director of International Issues and a WLT Council Member.

Controversial Conservation 2014 with Chris Packham is at the Royal Society, London on 2 September 2014 at 7pm. Tickets »

David Gower

David Gower. © Sky+.

David Gower & Friends

David Gower became WLT’s first Patron in 1996. Since then he has represented the Trust in India and made site visits to Wildlife Trust of India’s wildlife corridor projects protecting elephants and tigers.

David, a top raconteur, will entertain us with anecdotes born of a life time’s passion for sport and wildlife on stage at Blackfriars Hall in Norwich on 3 September.

He will be joined in the spotlight by television presenter Bill Oddie and sport and wildlife journalist Simon Barnes, both WLT Council Members.

There will be a prize draw during the evening event with the top prize a Gray Nicolls Maverick F1 5 Star Senior Cricket Bat, generously donated by Barrington Sports, and signed for the winner by David Gower.

David Gower & Friends is at Blackfriars Hall, Norwich, on 3 September 2014 at 7pm. Tickets »