Chris Packham
British television presenter
Chris Packham
Christopher Gary "Chris" Packham is an English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author. He is the brother of fashion designer, Jenny Packham. He lives in the New Forest with his zookeeper girlfriend Charlotte and 16-year-old stepdaughter Megan. Packham has suffered with Meniere's Disease since the age of 37.
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Watch Monkeys Snatch Tourists' Valuables As Ransom For Food
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Sunglasses, hats and smartphones (at least one with a camera) are travel must-haves for any human taking a sunny vacation.  But for monkeys in Bali, these objects are merely things to steal in order to trade up for food. In this clip from the BBC program "World's Sneakiest Animals," host Chris Packham captures the quick thievery of several plotting monkeys who swipe tourists' belongings in exchange for food. Packham willingly dangles his iPhone, knowing that at least one monkey won't be able to resists its glimmer.  Luckily, with some food on hand, Packham coaxes the monkey to give him the phone back -- or at least drop the phone to upgrade for something better (spoiler: an egg!). If there's anything to learn from this video, it's to wear closed-toe shoes and sunglasses with a strap and to keep your belongings close when visiting places full of crafty monkeys, like Bako National Park in Malaysia and Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. You can watch the whole ...
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Watch Monkeys Snatch Tourists' Valuables As Ransom For Food
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Sunglasses, hats and smartphones (at least one with a camera) are travel must-haves for any human taking a sunny vacation.  But for monkeys in Bali, these objects are merely things to steal in order to trade up for food. In this clip from the BBC program "World's Sneakiest Animals," host Chris Packham captures the quick thievery of several plotting monkeys who swipe tourists' belongings in exchange for food. Packham willingly dangles his iPhone, knowing that at least one monkey won't be able to resists its glimmer.  Luckily, with some food on hand, Packham coaxes the monkey to give him the phone back -- or at least drop the phone to upgrade for something better (spoiler: an egg!). If there's anything to learn from this video, it's to wear closed-toe shoes and sunglasses with a strap and to keep your belongings close when visiting places full of crafty monkeys, like Bako National Park in Malaysia and Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. You can watch the whole ...
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‘Working with nature’ didn’t save Pickering from the floods - it just didn’t rain much | Jeremy Biggs
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
We must check the facts before jumping to conclusions about the efficacy of so-called natural flood defence schemes. They are an attractive idea but powerless in the face of extreme weather The town of Pickering is a notorious flood spot in the north-east of England, on the edge of the North York moors. So when the town escaped flooding this Christmas while York – just 40 miles away – was underwater, it seemed an open and shut case. Surely, it was the recently opened “working with nature” flood defence scheme above Pickering that saved the town? For the many advocates of the benefits of working with nature it seemed a great vindication. And when the Independent published Geoffrey Lean’s convincing article on the “town that escaped the flood”, it became an environmental sensation, with everyone from Chris Packham to former Tory environment minister Richard Benyon tweeting the story. Continue reading...
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Chris Packham rapped by BBC for 'intemperate' Twitter remarks about badger cull
The Citizen - over 3 years
Chris Packham, who presented the AutumnWatch programmes last week, was found to have breached BBC guidelines by tweeting about his views on the eve of Government trials to control the spread of tuberculoisis in cattle by shooting badgers.
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Kate Middleton's Favorite Designer Jenny Packham: 5 Things You Don't Know
US Magazine - over 3 years
Cheers to 25 years of celebrity dressing! When U.K.-based fashion designer Jenny Packham debuts her spring 2014 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sept. 10 as part of New York City's Fashion Week, the bridal and evening wear guru will celebrate a quarter-century on the catwalk. Launching her line in 1988, Packham has outfitted the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Diane Kruger and of course the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to massive acclaim. PHOTOS: Kate Middleton's best Jenny Packham dresses Voted Best British Bridal Designer in 2011 and 2011, Packham's Stateside praise has come largely thanks to Middleton, who most recently put fashionistas on notice when leaving London's St. Mary's hospital in Packham's blue polka-dot empire waist dress with her most precious cargo -- son Prince George -- in tow. As Packham preps for New York Fashion Week -- no doubt unveiling looks Middleton will soon rock next spring -- Us Weekly rounds up five fac ...
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Plans to drop climate change from national curriculum 'unacceptable'
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
Letter signed by academics, politicians and business leaders warns proposals are unfathomable and short-sighted Leading environmental figures, including broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, have condemned government plans to drop debate about climate change from the national curriculum for children under 14 as "unfathomable and unacceptable". In a letter to the Sunday Times, also signed by academics, politicians and business leaders, they warn the proposals are short-sighted, coming at a time when the loss of wildlife and habitats is ongoing, and evidence suggests many children are missing out on the benefits of spending time in nature. "Under the new draft national curriculum for England, education on the environment would start three years later than at present and all existing references to care and protection would be removed," the letter states. "This is both unfathomable and unacceptable. Today's children are tomorrow's custodians of nature. ...
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Winterwatch presenter Chris Packham slips 22 song titles by Madness into hit BBC nature show
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Chris Packham managed to sneak in 22 mentions of singles released by eighties Ska band Madness into Wednesday's episode of Winterwatch.
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Chris Packham, 51, in the cottage deep in the New Forest he shares with girlfriend Charlotte: My haven
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
I moved here five years ago because it’s so peaceful being surrounded by nature. I knew my life was going to be all about animals when I saw the film Ring Of Bright Water as a child, about a Londoner and his pet otter living on the Scottish coast.
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Terry Nutkins dies, aged 66
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Broadcaster and wildlife expert who was a co-presenter on The Really Wild Show for seven years had been fighting leukaemia Broadcaster and wildlife expert Terry Nutkins, who was familiar to millions of TV viewers as a presenter on Animal Magic and The Really Wild Show, has died aged 66. The father of eight, who had been diagnosed with leukaemia, died on Thursday. Nutkins spent seven years as one of Johnny Morris's co-presenters on teatime children's favourite Animal Magic, which ran on BBC1 from 1962 to 1983. When Animal Magic ended, Nutkins became one of the founding co-presenters of The Really Wild Show, along with Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, staying with the show from 1986 until 1993. It remained on Children's BBC until 2006. Nutkins' agent, John Miles, said he died at home in Scotland on Thursday, adding: "He had fought for about nine months or so with acute leukaemia." Instantly recognisable by his bald pate and unruly long hair, Nutkins had the top joints of t ...
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Wildlife presenter Chris Packham under the microscope: My fear of honey
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
The 50-year-old presenter on his hatred of honey, being on a permanent diet, how going bowling affected his pins - and his cravings for curry.
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‘Picture Arne’ photo competition winners, 2012
Daily Echo - almost 5 years
After six months of stiff competition and more than 300 entries, Chris Packham has kindly taken time out of his busy schedule to judge all the great photos for the second year running.
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TV presenter unveils Lambeth community orchard
This is Local London - almost 5 years
Former The Really Wild Show presenter turned environmentalist Chris Packham today helped launch a Lambeth park’s green makeover.
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Eyes of the world follow an epic journey to Africa
Yorkshire Post - almost 5 years
Clement, Martin, Kasper, Lyster and Chris set out from England last summer as unknown cuckoos. They became the famous five as their exploits captured the imagination of the public. Their journey to Africa and back reduced the five to the “fab four”, but the information captured during their individual flights will guarantee their journeys are never forgotten. Scientists are worried about our cuckoos, Cuculus canorus. Half of our breeding birds have been lost in the last 25 years alone and their call, a sound synonymous with spring and summer, has disappeared from large swathes of our countryside. Last May, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) netted five of the birds in Norfolk and fitted them with five gramme solar-powered satellite trackers which would reveal the birds’ routes, the duration of key stages of their journeys and the locations of important re-fuelling sites. Updates of the cuckoos’ locations were revealed every few days from the transmitters and the scheme quickly ...
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A cat cull isn't just desirable, it's an environmental necessity
The Spectator - UK - almost 5 years
Good stuff from the TV naturalist Chris Packham, who is usually sound on most issues. Firstly he disputes the reports of urban foxes attacking people in their homes. Don’t believe it, he says. No, me neither. We will be reading more of these crazed psychotic fox attack reports in our newspapers now that summer is almost upon us. My suspicion is that all of them are made up. Packham also said the following: ‘Over 200 million animals are killed each year by domestic cats. If you keep them in at night it reduces that figure by 50 per cent. I love cats, I think they are beautiful, a wonderful predator. But what’s the point of feeding birds in the garden if you’re feeding them to your cat?’ Quite. I know you get tired of my anti-cat obsession. But a cat cull would improve the environment far more than any of the anti-global warming schemes dreamed up by the environmentalists.
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Taking a walk on the wild side
The Argus - about 5 years
Springwatch presenter Chris Packham tells Nione Meakin why it’s time to make some tough decisions when it comes to conservation
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Packham
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 54
    In 2016 Packham co-presented a 2-part series for the BBC, Cats v. Dogs: Which is Best?, along with Liz Bonnin.
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  • 2015
    Age 53
    This elicited a public response in September 2015 from the Countryside Alliance which complained to the BBC about Packham using the BBC Wildlife magazine to promote what they saw as a biased "animal rights agenda".
    More Details Hide Details More than 56,000 people signed a petition at change.org urging the BBC not to sack the presenter. A BBC spokesman said that Packham was free to express personal views outside of BBC Natural History programmes. In 2009, music bloggers noted how Packham was attempting to fit references to songs by The Smiths into his Springwatch dialogue. search He did the same with songs by the Cure in 2010,search and Manic Street Preachers in 2011. search He has continued this in 2012's Springwatch, quite subtly inserting David Bowie titles from 28 May,search and film titles in that year's Autumnwatch. In Winterwatch (January 2013) he inserted Madness titles into his dialogue. search In Springwatch (May 2013) he inserted titles by the Clash, opening the show by commenting that the weather had made him wonder "Should I Stay or Should I Go". search In 2011's Autumnwatch, Packham fitted in titles of songs by punk band the Damned, including "New Rose", "Neat Neat Neat", "Smash It Up" and "The History of the World". In 2015's Autumnwatch, the titles of James Bond films were inserted.
    In August 2015 Packham wrote in BBC Wildlife magazine about the "shameful" silence of some of Britain's leading conservation organisations on issues such as fox hunting, badger culling and hen harrier persecution.
    More Details Hide Details He complained these NGOs were being "hamstrung by outdated liaisons with the ‘nasty brigade’ and can’t risk upsetting old friends” in the rural and shooting communities.
    In 2015, Chris Packham used Twitter to publicly resign as president of the Hawk and Owl Trust, citing "Personal differences over ideas of policy".
    More Details Hide Details It was widely speculated this related to the Trust adopting a policy of supporting brood management of hen harriers on grouse moors at a time when the bird was almost extinct as a breeding species in England.
    Packham is a critic of fox hunting and was among more than 20 high-profile people who signed a letter to Members of Parliament in 2015 to oppose Conservative prime minister David Cameron's plan to amend the Hunting Act 2004.
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  • 2014
    Age 52
    In both 2014 and 2015 he addressed crowds in Derbyshire's Peak District at one of a number of outdoor Hen Harrier Day rallies organised across Britain to raise awareness of the plight of the hen harrier.
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    In 2014 he helped organise Hen Harrier Day in order to highlight the illegal persecution of raptors on Britain's grouse moors.
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    Packham has actively campaigned to highlight issues of illegal persecution and shooting of birds, both in Britain and overseas. In 2014 he self-funded a film crew and travelled to Malta to highlight the mass-killing by hunters of migrating birds in spring.
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  • 2013
    Age 51
    In 2013 he presented a four-part documentary series entitled Secrets of our Living Planet which demonstrated the complex relationships upon which apparently unconnected species, such as tigers and crabs, depend.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Packham presented a two-part documentary in which he, Martha Kearney and Adam Hart revealed the mysteries of the honeybee, as well as a series on animal cognition, called Inside The Animal Mind, which partly featured his own pet dogs. In 2014 he presented a 10-part series The Wonder of Animals for the BBC. It included episodes on birds of prey, dolphins, crocodiles, great apes, elephants, foxes, ants, big cats, bears and penguins.
  • 2012
    Age 50
    In 2012 Packham stated, "The single most important thing is not climate change but human population... we have to find a means of regulating the population so we can prosper as a species...
    More Details Hide Details We haven't got unlimited space because we've only one planet."
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 48
    In a 2010 interview with The Daily Telegraph, Packham stated, "The human population is sowing the seeds of a mass extinction event", and "The fact is there is not enough space". "The excessive demands of the growing population is having a disastrous effect on biodiversity.
    More Details Hide Details There are too many of us taking too much too quickly", he said. "We need to do something about it."
    He was president of the Hawk and Owl Trust between 2010 and 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He has had papers on kestrels published in British Birds. In 2011, he was awarded the British Trust for Ornithology's Dilys Breese Medal for his "outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences". He said: "I have always been interested in scientific research and understood its importance in underpinning conservation action, not just in this country but around the globe. To receive this award from one of the leading scientific research establishments in the country is a real honour and is also very poignant for me. Dilys was instrumental in me getting my first wildlife-presenting job at the BBC. I accept the award for her and citizen scientists everywhere." He is the brother of fashion designer Jenny Packham. He lives in the New Forest with his girlfriend, Charlotte Corney, owner of Isle of Wight Zoo, and his two pet poodles, Itchy and Scratchy.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    In December 2009, Packham criticised reality TV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! for mistreating animals, accusing them of plugging up spiders' fangs, needlessly killing insects and tying crocodiles' mouths shut.
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    In a 2009 interview with the Radio Times, Packham suggested that the giant panda was too expensive to save, and that it "should be allowed to become extinct" so that funds could be redistributed to protecting other, less expensive animals and habitats.
    More Details Hide Details He made a similar comment in 2008, saying that he would "eat the last panda" if doing so would retroactively redistribute the money spent on panda conservation. He later apologised for upsetting people, saying that he loved all animals but that he was "glad it has raised a debate and that was always my intention".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on May 4, 1961.
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