THE destruction of the historic Lindow Moss has been attracting the attention of the nation's media and the backing of one broadcaster in particular.

Over the past few months the Guardian has been campaigning along with the Saltersley Common Preservation Society and Newgate Kennel owner Joel Millet to force peat extraction firm Croghan Peat to abide by historic planning conditions, which has seen the land sinking alarmingly and the almost total disappearance of the protected water vole off the site.

Now both BBC Radio Manchester and BBC North West has visited the site to interview the society secretary Tony Evans and Mr Millet about his concerns, which he believes are related to the drainage of water from the site where the famous Lindow Man was discovered.

As a sign that things are beginning to happen, it is further understood by the Guardian that Cheshire Police, will attend a meeting later this month to discuss what would be the illegal loss of the water vole habitat.

Now BBC broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham has lent his considerable support backing the campaign

In a message to Mr Evans, Mr Packham said: "Every battle needs to be fought because there is so little left and we need to send out the strongest possible message that we will no longer tolerate such abuses."

A delighted Mr Evans said: "The society has now been joined in the campaign to save Lindow Moss by Mr Packham, who has sent us a strong message of support.

He added: "We are now awaiting a reply from Croghan Peat Ltd., Terraqueous Ltd., BIOTA Ltd., and Cheshire East Council to show us proof that the water vole protection scheme is in operation. If not, a breach of condition notice must be issued with immediate effect."