Extraordinarily creative and prolific, Chris Packham has led a remarkable life. He’s gained recognition as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker. As a broadcaster he is a presenter of BBC’s BAAFTA Award winning Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series. He presents 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. 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 May 2016 Chris’s autobiography, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir, was released to critical acclaim, reaching number 1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers in just 2 weeks. It was featured as a Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Chris. In 2010 Chris was awarded The Dilys Breese BTO Medal for his outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences. In December 2014, Chris was voted ‘Conservation Hero of the Year’ in the Birders’ Choice Awards organised by Birdwatch magazine. In May 2015 he reached second place in a line-up of Britain’s 50 Most Influential Conservation Heroes In The Wildlife Power List featured in the BBC Wildlife Magazine.
In October 2016 Chris 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. In a theatre packed with natural history filmmaking’s most respected and accomplished leaders, he received a standing ovation as the award was presented by Sir David Attenborough. Earlier in 2016 he was made honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Southampton where he had graduated 30 years before.
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