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Chris Packham

Biography

Chris Packham

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. Husbandry skills improved and the menagerie expanded to large collections of reptiles (inside) and birds of prey, foxes, badgers, squirrels etc (generally outside). A precocious young scientist, swat and nerd in training he studied Kestrels, Shrews and Badgers in his teens 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. ‘X-Creatures’, ‘Postcards from the Wild’, ‘Hands on Nature’, ‘Nature’s Calendar’, ‘Springwatch’, ‘Autumnwatch’, ‘Secrets of our Living Planet’ had more inventive programme names.

At the turn of the century Chris ran a hugely successful production company ‘Head over Heels‘ making programmes for Animal Planet, National Geographic, ITV and the BBC.

Books by Chris Packham

Written by Chris Packham with illustrations by Jason Cockcroft - Animals , Children's Nonfiction, Picture
Whether they fly, swim or walk, every year billions of animals travel from one part of our planet to another. Meet these masters of migration, and follow their incredible journeys in this beautiful, fact-filled nonfiction picture book by BBC wildlife expert Chris Packham. From whales and wildebeest to butterflies and bats, you can discover each of their stories, pore over the map to see their migration routes and uncover extra information in the “Find Out More” section.
written by Chris Packham with illustrations by Jason Cockcroft - Animals , Children's

Whether they fly, swim, or walk, every year billions of animals travel from one part of our planet to another. Meet these masters of migration, and follow their incredible journeys in this beautiful, fact-filled nonfiction picture book by BBC wildlife expert Chris Packham. From whales and wildebeest to butterflies and bats, you can discover each of their stories, pore over the map to see their migration routes, and uncover extra information in the “Find Out More” section.