Naturalist, TV presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker, Chris Packham CBE, is heading to Harrogate.
In a special bespoke evening at the Royal Hall, Packham will talk about his photography and work with wildlife and conservation. He’ll also discuss his autobiography, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar. The memoir which was voted the UK’s ‘Favourite Nature Book’ inspired his TV documentary, Asperger’s and Me.
Packham was recently presented with a CBE by the Prince of Wales for his services to nature conservation.
The event is being hosted by Cause UK, in association with NiddFest, an event designed to highlight the importance of Nidderdale’s landscape and wildlife. More than 50% of species are in decline across the UK, many of them common and the AONB is currently conducting its biggest wildlife survey with its Wild Watch project to inform conservation strategies.
Three-quarters of UK children spend less time outdoors than prison inmates. A survey by the Wildlife Trust found two thirds of adults felt that they have lost touch with nature.
Clair Chadwick, Director of Cause UK, said: “The Harrogate district is home to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as many businesses who consciously work towards sustainability and green practices. We wanted to produce an event at the Royal Hall that not only inspires audiences, but helps raise awareness of the climate change crisis and celebrates those in our district who are actively engaging in the biggest issue our generation faces.”
Extraordinarily creative and prolific, Chris Packham has led a remarkable life.
He had a passion for the natural world from an early age, with a bedroom full of jars of wildlife, before becoming involved in the punk scene and adopting its defiant spirit. He began experimenting with photography and trained as a wildlife film cameraman before moving in front of the camera to present The Really Wild Show in 1986.
The passionate defender of wildlife has worked on TV’s Springwatch and its seasonal spin-offs since 2009, and presented numerous natural history programmes. Earlier this year he took part in Blue Planet Live, examining the impact of ocean pollution.
In September 2018 Chris organised the UK’s first march for wildlife – The People’s Walk for Wildlife, London. Around 10,000 people marched peacefully from Hyde Park to Downing Street to present The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife - 200 practical solutions to save our wildlife formulated by some of the UK’s most respected independent conservations. More recently he was a vocal supporter of the Extinction Rebellion.
The evening will also include a Q&A hosted by his co-presenter on Springwatch Unsprung, Lindsey Chapman, followed by a book signing.
Yorkshire-born Lindsey is a Patron of The Wild Watch in Nidderdale AONB. Lindsey grew up in Beverley, East Yorkshire where she developed her love of nature. She now presents a number of wildlife and arts programmes including Big Blue UK, Costing the Earth and Springtime on the Farm, alongside working with Chris Packham.
Lindsey said: “This promises to be a very special evening. I hope this talk inspires audiences in this Year of Green Action. It’s important to create connections between people and the natural world, the more people understand about it, the more they create memories and connections, the more they’ll want to protect it. That’s key.”
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Dates and Times
- Box office
- 01423 502116
- Royal Hall,
- Ripon Road
- HG1 2SY