Chris Packham has led an extraordinary life, and gained widespread recognition as a naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter, conservationist, writer, filmmaker, campaigner and author.
As a broadcaster, his is a presenter of BBC’s award-winning Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series. He has also presented notable natural history programmes such as Nature’s Weirdest Events, World’s Sneakiest Animals, Cats v Dogs, Inside the Animal Mind and Secrets of our Living Planet.
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. Chris has also been awarded the Dilys Breese BTO Medal for ‘his outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences in 2010. And 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 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.
Chris believes we are living in exciting, yet challenging times for conservation. Whilst our knowledge and awareness of conservation issues have grown considerably in recent years, the pressures on our natural environment are immense and urgent action is required. Chris says: “Our oceans are facing threats on an unprecedented scale. With wildlife species on the brink of extinction and our incessant treatment of the seas as a dumping ground, our marine environment needs greater protection and care more than ever before.
“I love the work that the Marine Conservation Society does and I’m proud to support them. They are behind so many great initiatives that focus on finding solutions to the problems faced by our very precious, but fragile marine environment – from cleaning up our beaches to advising on the most sustainable fish to eat and protecting our amazing wildlife. I am delighted to be invited to become an Ocean Ambassador for MCS and I look forward to supporting them in the future.” Chris Packham
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