Around 150 rural workers staged a protest in Perth earlier this week against BBC presenter Chris Packham.
The Springwatch presenter was giving a talk on nature photography for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society at Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday, December 17.
However, he was met with demonstrators outside the concert hall with placards to protest what they say is a “relentless campaign of misinformation” and a drive to wreck their livelihoods.
The group, made up of rural workers and gamekeepers, held banners with the slogans ‘Standing up for our rural communities’ and ‘Gamekeepers - the curlew’s best friend’.
Gamekeeper Allan Hodgson said: “Chris Packham is well aware of his position but he is using his celebrity status to distort the truth with un-substantiated allegations, tarring whole communities.
“He doesn’t know these communities, how they work and what binds them together. It’s a bit rich.
“He hasn’t managed land in his life and knows nothing of the challenges.
“What he is seeking is to ban activities which bring benefits and jobs to people, and helps threatened wildlife and fragile areas. Folk have had enough.
“If he is serious about making things better, he shouldn’t start by trying to put people who managed the land every day out of work - he should be talking to them.
“He has obsessive tunnel vision and is ignoring science.”
Mr Packham, who is also vice-president of the RSPB, has backed two Westminster petitions to end grouse shooting and has mounted legal challenges to other country sports and farming.
The protesters in Perth this week said the grouse shooting industry supports around 2500 Scottish jobs.
He also labelled the shooting community “psychopaths” during a march in London and was forced to apologise to farmers after falsely stating on social media they had shot endangered lapwings.
And he also caused controversy earlier this year after his campaign group Wild Justice legally challenged general licences, which are the permits required for controlling crow and pigeon populations.
Locally he was in the public eye after supporting a petition signed by thousands of people to halt raven culls on Strathbraan Estate near Murthly.
The gamekeepers on this estate said the cull was necessary to protect vulnerable birds such as curlews and lapwings.
And he also called on the Scottish Government for action after two young golden eagles disappeared in suspicious circumstances on the Auchnafree Estate near Glenalmond.
One protester on Tuesday evening said: “He is happy to mount legal challenges to fox and crow control, which helps protect rarer wildlife and farm livestock, yet he will call for deer to be slaughtered in Scotland if it fits with his own personal agenda.
“His concern for wildlife seems to be very selective.
“He protests against climate change yet flies off on carbon belching tours abroad and makes a business from tour parties doing the same in his name.
“Study upon study has shown that, where gamekeepers are managing for game, they are also giving a helping hand to many species which are virtually absent elsewhere in our countryside, including the nature reserves he seems to love.
“But there is no attempt to listen to that side or acknowledge the good that many long-serving land managers are doing in the countryside.”
A spokesperson for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, which was hosting Tuesday evening’s talk, said: “We didn’t realise there was a protest.
“As far as we’re concerned it was a very successful event with a sell out crowd (over 1100) with one of Britain’s most high-profile conservationists.”