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Who is Chris Packham? Autumnwatch presenter

CHRIS Packham shot to fame on The Really Wild Show and his unwavering passion for animals has earned him a bevy of fans.

Here's what you need to know about everyone's favourite naturalist currently hosting Autumnwatch.

Who is Chris Packham?

Chris Packham, 60, is a well-known TV presenter, nature photographer and naturalist.

He developed his passion for the great outdoors after he got a degree from the University of Southampton in Zoology.

Chris got his first big break in 1986 when he worked on kids nature programme The Really Wild Show, which ran until 1995.

He's now a well-known for hosting Springwatch, which he has done for eight years, and has had many scientific papers published alongside his work.

Chris was awarded a CBE by the Queen in her New Year honours list in December 2018.

Is Chris Packham married?

The TV host isn't married but he currently resides in the New Forest with his long-term girlfriend Charlotte Corney, who owns the Isle of Wight Zoo.

The couple has a pet poodle called Scratchy.

Chris doesn't have children, but does have a stepdaughter from a previous relationship, Megan McCubbin, who has so far done a great job of co-hosting Springwatch with him.

When did Chris Packham start hosting Winterwatch?

Chris started to front the popular BBC wildlife series in 2009,  joining hosts Kate Humble and Simon King.

Chris replaced Bill Oddie, who had been with the show since its conception in 2005.

He has also co-hosted its sister programmes Springwatch and Autumnwatch - with presenters Gillian Burke, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games.

What other TV shows has he hosted?

In August 2018, Packham co-hosted Yellowstone Live on National Geographic Channel with TV host Josh Elliott.

It was a four-night event showcasing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with feeds from live cameras.

In Mach 2019, he presenter alongside Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall for the four-part series Blue Planet Live.

In 2020, he narrated a three-part documentary series called Primates along with Ella Al-Shamahi.

He also co-presented Waterhole: Africa's Animal Oasis which premiered in December of the same year.

Most recently he has presented a six-part BBC Two documentary series called Animal Einsteins and a one-hour special titled Chris Packham: A Walk That Made Me, in which Packham walked a familiar path in Hampshire, which premiered on BBC Two.

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