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Chris was born in Southampton in 1961. In his teens, he was a precocious young scientist, swat and nerd in training studying Kestrels, Shrews and Badgers and undergraduate days at the Zoology department of Southampton University. He also embraced Punk Rock and played in a band and the DIY ethos and determination to never take ‘no’ for an answer are forcefully retained.

Post-graduation and a cancelled PhD, (the Badgers were getting a bit much); he began taking still photographs and trained as a wildlife film cameraman.

The photography continues with exhibitions and invitations to judge prestigious competitions but the camerawork gave way to presenting. Chris began with 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. Plus ‘X-Creatures’, ‘Postcards from the Wild’, ‘Hands on Nature’, ‘Nature’s Calendar’, ‘Springwatch’, ‘Autumnwatch’ and ‘Secrets of our Living Planet’; which had more inventive programme names.

Chris Packham on the Radio 4 blog: The 'Unsung' Heros of Winter Birdsong