Chris Packham is one of the UK's top television naturalists and an award-winning conservationist, photographer and author. He is a presenter of BBC’s BAAFTA Award winning Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series. He has presented notable natural history series such as Nature’s Weirdest Events, World’s Weirdest Events, World’s Sneakiest Animals, Cats V Dogs, The Burrowers, Inside the Animal Mind, Operation Iceberg and Secrets of our Living Planet. And he was featured in The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC – US) where he introduced Jimmy to a Porcupine and baby spotted Hyena, and sent a Black Vulture flying to him as he stood in the audience.
In 2016, he earned the top honour at the Wildscreen Panda Awards – The Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of his significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and the public’s understanding of the environment. He has also been awarded the Dilys Breese BTO Medal for ‘his outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences’ and was voted ‘Conservation Hero of the Year’ in the Birders’ Choice Awards organised by Birdwatch magazine.
From the moment Chris could crawl he was fascinated by wildlife and as he grew so too did his menagerie and knowledge. As a young scientist, he studied kestrels, shrews and badgers, both in his teens and undergraduate days at the zoology department of Southampton University. At this time, his passion for music was shaped by punk rock, speaking as it did to the rebel in him with its 'DIY ethos and determination to never take no for an answer'.