29 October 2018
Chris Packham has been honoured by the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) for distinguished service to the great outdoors.
The naturalist, television presenter and author received the 2018 OWPG Golden Eagle Award, winning an original watercolour by Guild member David Bellamy.
Chris is a long-term champion of outdoor causes. He has campaigned vocally against badger culling, fox hunting, driven grouse shooting, the slaughter of migrating birds on Malta and the illegal persecution of raptors in the UK, frequently endangering his own presenting career in the process.
His nature programmes have helped boost public awareness of environmental issues. Earlier this year, his autobiography Fingers in the Sparkle Jar was also voted the UK’s favourite piece of nature writing.
Chris will join a star-studded line-up of Golden Eagle Award winners, including Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Sir David Attenborough and Bill Bryson. His prize – a David Bellamy painting – will be presented in November.