“So I’m very flattered by the offer of a CBE and I hope to use it to open more doors and have more conversations.” Packham will soon be travelling to the Cairngorms in Scotland for four special programmes for the new series of BBC Winterwatch.
This year, broadcasters disclosed, the programme will be mindful of how they show the cruelty of nature, after receiving complaints over a family of baby rabbits killed and eaten by birds on live camera.
Michaela Strachan told the magazine: “So we’ve decided that if we have anything as horrific as that again we will say, ‘This is difficult to watch, so turn away if you don’t want to see it.’
“But it’s like watching a really dramatic film and the main character dies, and you cry, and it’s awful, but you come out of the cinema and say, ‘That was brilliant.’
“You want to feel something, don’t you?”
Winterwatch returns to BBC Two on January 29. The full interview is in the Radio Times, out now.