Christopher is a English naturalist, television presenter, photographer and author, best known for his television work including the BAFTA-winning BBC1 children’s nature series The Really Wild Show in the late 1980s and the BBC nature series Springwatch since 2009.
Chris was born in Southampton in 1961 and as soon as he was crawling around suburbia Ladybirds were being desiccated in matchboxes and tadpoles tortured in jam jars.
He spent his undergraduate days at the Zoology department of Southampton University, as well as embracing Punk Rock and playing in a band.
After graduation he cancelled his PhD and began taking still photographs and trained as a wildlife film cameraman.
Chris began presenting on the award winning ’Really Wild Show’ in 1986 and has been working ever since. Credits include ‘Wildshots’, ‘Wild Watch’, ‘Go Wild’, basically lots of things with ‘wild’ in the title. ‘X-Creatures’, ‘Postcards from the Wild’, ‘Hands on Nature’, ‘Nature’s Calendar’, ‘Springwatch’, ‘Autumnwatch’, ‘Secrets of our Living Planet’ had more inventive programme names.
He ran a hugely successful production company ‘Head over Heels‘ making programmes for Animal Planet, National Geographic, ITV and the BBC.
Chris is the keynote speaker of the festival and will be judging the photo competition and nature presenter competition. As well as observing activities and meeting nature lovers!
Book free tickets for ‘An Audience with Chris Packham’ – Friday 9th September 6.30pm