The BBC have announced plans to replace much-loved presenter David Attenborough with cricketing great Sir Ian Botham for a new nature documentary.

‘Shooting Nature’ will debut in the autumn on BBC2.

“There are some amazing creatures all over the UK,” gushed Botham, “and I can’t wait to start killing them with my double-barrelled shotgun.

“I’m like a modern day Robin Hood, shooting rich people’s pheasants and giving them to the poor.”

Former ‘The Really Wild Show’ host Chris Packham will work as Botham’s co-presenter and audiences have been promised “hilarious” debates about animal cruelty.

Protestors have sent a number of strongly worded e-mails to the BBC, but the broadcaster has downplayed the issues.

“The most important thing is that Sir Ian will be getting paid less than Claudia Winkleman,” explained a BBC spokesman.