Chris first made his reputation as co-host of the BAFTA award-winning Really Wild Show. He has twice been voted Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He progressed to camera assistant for the BBC before switching to presenting, his credits include; Nature Detectives, The Great British Birdwatch and The London Wildlife Challenge.
Chris Packham was educated at Bitterne Park Secondary School, Taunton’s College, and the University of Southampton, where he received a BSc in Zoology.
Chris is known for his television appearances, notably in the BAFTA-winning BBC1 children’s programme The Really Wild Show and nature photography series Wild Shots on Channel 4, as well as the BBC One series The X Creatures and BBC Two’s Hands on Nature and Nature’s Calendar.
He was until recently the lead presenter on the BBC South region’s version of the BBC local television series Inside Out, and also works on BBC South East Inside Out with Kaddy Lee-Preston.
He formed the production company ‘Head Over Heels’ with producer Stuart Woodman, making wildlife programmes for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC.
Packham is President of the West Hampshire-based charity The Hawk Conservancy Trust and the Bat Conservation Trust, vice-president of the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, and The Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust and patron of Population Matters (formerly the Optimum Population Trust). He is also patron of the Woolston Eyes Conservation Group, which manages Woolston Eyes Bird Reserve.
Packham is also an accomplished author and he has had papers on Kestrels published in British Birds. He has also written a number of books including; Chris Packham’s Back Garden Nature Reserve (2001) (Foreword by David Bellamy), Back Garden Nature Reserve (2003), and Chris Packham’s Nature Handbook (2010).
In June 2009, he became a presenter on the BBC Two nature programme Springwatch, going on to present the series in 2010 and 2011.
In 2011, he was awarded the British Trust for Ornithology’s Dilys Breese Medal for his “outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences”.
Chris has the knowledge and experience to keep an audience entertained and wanting more.