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CHRIS PACKHAM

Naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker is one of Britain’s most powerful voices for the natural world.

Chris has translated a childhood passion for wildlife into a career as one of our best-loved TV presenters, who has instilled a love and concern for animals and the environment in millions of viewers of all ages.

Since he could crawl Chris has been an ardent nature lover - as a toddler he would search the family garden in Southampton for ladybirds to rescue and he spent his teenage years studying birds, badgers and other wildlife.

He also played in a punk band, but despite trading in his pink platforms for a comfortable pair of walking boots, the music's ethos left an indelible mark on Chris who learned to never take 'no' for an answer. 

He went on to study Zoology at Southampton University and trained to be a wildlife cameraman, working on A Toad’s Tale with Stephen Bolwell in 1983. 

He soon swapped for a career in front of the camera, presenting award-winning The Really Wild Show from 1986 until 1995, instilling a love of animals in a whole generation of kids. 

He has become one of our best-loved wildlife presenters, with the hugely popular Springwatch, and its BBC spin-off shows.

Chris has always used his platform to campaign for the natural world.

Throughout his career, he has been a vociferous opponent of the badger cull and a leading campaigner against driven grouse shooting.  

He is vocal about wildlife and conservation injustices, travelling to Malta in 2014 to conduct an award-winning investigation into the horrifying slaughter of migrating birds. 

Chris, 58, co-founded the Wild Justice campaign group which takes legal action on the behalf of wildlife against public bodies who are failing to protect species and their habitats. 

He said: "Our wildlife has been abused, has been suffering, exploited or destroyed by criminals for too long. Well, no longer." 

His work has won him numerous accolades including a CBE earlier this year for his services to nature conservation.