6 secrets about Chris Packham that you might not know

Discover something you didn't know about the BBC Springwatch presenter.

  1. Abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning are his favourite painters.
  2. He enjoys reading military history – most recently the sinking of the Bismarck in World War II.
  3. The bird he would most like to see is the Araripe manakin, a species only found in the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil. He calls it the Duran Duran bird, because of its bright red crest resembling a quiff.
  4. His most memorable wildlife spectacle is watching “one million flamingos” flying in to land on Lake Victoria. “I could have burst, it was beyond comprehension.”
  5. He always keeps a roll of bin bags in his travel bag – he can use them for wet clothes or dead specimens.
  6. A favourite joke is: “I was at the zoo the other day and I saw a bloke trying to chat up a cheetah – he was trying to pull a fast one.”