Chris Packham - charismatic television presenter, spectacular wildlife photographer, author and natural history expert - has become a patron of World Land Trust (WLT).
John Burton, WLT chief executive welcomes the appointment: “This is great news for World Land Trust, and not just because he is a well-known TV presenter. Chris is a very serious wildlife conservationist, and very much a professional zoologist. He takes involvement with conservation organisations extremely seriously and we look forward to his advice and working with him in the future.”
Chris’s career as a TV presenter began in 1986 with the award winning Really Wild Show on children’s television. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength. He is now best known for Springwatch and Autumnwatch, two hugely popular programmes that are firm fixtures in the BBC schedule.
Never guilty of dumbing down, Chris fearlessly treads territory that others steadfastly avoid. He has been outspoken in his views on world population, the plight of the panda and badger culling, and he does not kowtow to celebrity status.
The next David Attenborough?
When recently asked if he considered himself to be the next Sir David Attenborough he replied: “It’s like saying someone’s the next Neil Armstrong. You can only be the first to land on the Moon once. But in terms of Attenborough being an authoritative voice, yes, I would aim towards that. I want people to believe what I say.”
There is no question that Chris is a force to be reckoned with and a very knowledgeable, compassionate force that WLT is delighted to have on board.
In 2010 he was awarded the Dilys Breese British Trust for Ornithology Medal for his outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences and he is passionate about making natural history and conservation inspirational and accessible to everyone no matter where they live.
Chris Packham will be presenting Winterwatch live from the Highlands of Scotland on BBC2, 14 – 17 January 2013.