Chris Packham

Naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author

Chris Packham is a broadcaster, and an environmental and animal welfare activist. His recent credits include ‘Earth’ and ‘Inside Our Autistic Minds’ for the BBC, and ‘Is it Time to Break the Law’ for Channel 4. He is an ambassador for numerous wildlife and environmental NGOs, and organises his own independent campaigns and actions. With the co-directors of the not-for-profit, Wild Justice, he is in almost constant litigation with the UK’s devolved governments.

Chris campaigns for just transitions towards positive environmental necessities – from fossil fuels to renewable energies, from industrial and intensive animal agriculture to plant-based alternatives, from chemical dependent to regenerative farming, and from declining biodiversity to nature recovery. He is a passionate and vocal vegan, and works in partnership with many organisations to promote a rapid, just transition to plant-based diets.

During lockdown, he formed the free-to-view ‘Self-Isolating Bird Club’ with his stepdaughter, Megan McCubbin. His autobiographical ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ was Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 and topped The Sunday Times Bestsellers list. He worked with young film makers on the ‘8 Out of 10 Bats’ You Tube series, in autumn 2023.

He lives in the New Forest with his partner, Charlotte, and his two poodles, Sid and Nancy. His mantras are “winning, is not giving up” and “shout above the noise”.


Photo – Chris Packham – Credit Jo Charlesworth


Chris Packham appears in the following sessions. Select a session to find out more:
Earth: Over 4 Billion Years in the Making
Fri 1st March 2024

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