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“We’re back in the days of the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout”says Chris Packham at OWPG Golden Eagle Award Presentation

Posted on: November 15th, 2018 by OWPGWordsmith



15th November 2018




Chris Packham has declared himself determined to step up his campaigning after receiving the OWPG Golden Eagle Award for distinguished services to the outdoors. The naturalist, author, wildlife photographer and presenter was given the award during a presentation made by guild chair Peter Gillman and his wife Leni, guild meetings secretary.


Chris Packham receiving the Golden Eagle Award


In a brief presentation speech, Peter said that the guild members had selected Chris for the award as someone who has been in the vanguard of boosting public awareness of vital environmental issues. He has become an outspoken champion of causes such as opposing badger culling, fox-hunting, driven grouse shooting, the slaughter of migrating birds on Malta and the illegal persecution of raptors. He has done so in the face of powerful opposition and has been courageous in using his own high public profile to take a stand on a range of vital issues.


Peter commented: “We admire Chris for his strength and determination, and for his willingness to put his head above the parapet on causes we hold dear.”


Chris used the presentation to reinforce his commitment to environmental campaigning. “We’re back to the days of the mass trespass on Kinder Scout,” he said. “We’ve got to make people listen. Everyone out there needs to empower themselves. We’ve got to get up and make a difference.”


Chris is working with Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton, with the aim of creating strategic alliances across the environmental sector. The pair hope to bring NGOs together so that they act in a more unified way.


He comments: “I’m trying to be the umbrella, get them into a room together and show them that there is a commonality”.


The Golden Eagle Award presentation took place at Kensington Town Hall, where Chris was fronting an evening devoted to wildlife travel and photography in tandem with Paul Goldstein of Exodus Travel. The award consisted of an original water colour painting by guild member David Bellamy.


Chris said he was “flattered and honoured” to receive the award, and that the guild had been “very kind” to him. He also admired the David Bellamy water colour – an evocative painting of Clougha Pike in the Forest of Bowland, with a hen-harrier gliding just below the summit to highlight Chris’s work combatting the illegal harrying of these birds.


“I’m very impressed and very grateful – it’ll look great on the wall,” he added.




Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by OWPGWordsmith

August 26, 2011


Best-selling author and environmental campaigner Bill Bryson has won the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’s prestigious Golden Eagle Award for his campaigning work to protect the British countryside from litterlouts, fly tipping and other threats.

The annual award is presented to “a person who has rendered distinguished or meritorious service to the outdoors generally”.

Although born in Iowa in the United States, Bill is passionate about the British countryside and has been described as “the world’s No 1 Anglophile”. He has made his home in rural Norfolk, after many years living at Kirkby Malham in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Bill is an ardent campaigner for the UK environment and since 2007 has been president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). In this role he has spearheaded the ‘Stop the Drop’ anti-litter and fly-tipping campaign, which has gained the support of Keep Britain Tidy and the Local Government Association.

His love for the British countryside was perhaps best expressed during the successful CPRE campaign for the designation of the South Downs as Britain’s latest national park. “Something I have often wondered is why we don’t make the whole of England a national park,” he claimed.

Bill is probably best-known as the author of best-selling, often hilarious travel books such as A Walk In the Woods (1998) and Notes From a Big Country (1999), as well as acclaimed popular science works such as A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003) and history volumes including his most recent book At Home: A Short History of Private Life (2010).

Despite his American origins, his 1995 travelogue Notes From a Small Island was chosen as the book which best represented England in a 2003 poll for World Book Day.

OWPG President Roly Smith commented: “Although Bill is perhaps best-known as a very funny travel writer, I don’t know anyone who is more in love with the British countryside, and who campaigns more vigorously to protect it. He is a very worthy recipient of our Golden Eagle Award, and I am delighted that he is our 2011 winner.”

The award takes the form of an original watercolour painting by the renowned outdoor artist David Bellamy, who is a long-standing member of the Guild.

The Golden Eagle Award has been presented annually since 1995. Previous winners of the award have included naturalist Sir David Attenborough in 2004, mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington CBE in 2008, and prominent access campaigner Marion Shoard in 2009,


Notes for editors

1. Bill Bryson will receive the Golden Eagle Award at a special ceremony, to be arranged, to which the press will be invited.

2. The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild represents professional journalists, writers, photographers and others who specialise in covering sustainable outdoor activities and the environment in the British media. More information about the Guild can be found on its website:

3. For further information about this year’s Golden Eagle Award, contact OWPG president Roly Smith on 01629 812034 or by email at

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