Who is Iolo Williams? Springwatch 2018 host, author and naturalist from Wales

IOLO Williams has been a presenter on Springwatch since 2019.

As a new series of the show begins, let's take a look at who he is and what other roles he's had in his career.

Who is Iolo Williams?

Iolo Williams is an ornithologist, TV presenter and author.

He was born in Wales on 22 August 1962, making him 55 years old.

He joined the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in 1985, where he stayed for 14 years and worked as a regional co-ordinator.

This led to him making appearances in the media and he made a name for himself as a leading expert on Welsh bird life.

What TV shows has Iolo Williams appeared on?

In 1997, Iolo made his first TV show, Visions of Snowdonia with BBC Wales, which followed the lives of six people living and working on the slopes of the country's highest mountain.

A second series was made in 1999, which is when Iolo decided to leave the RSPB and pursue a full-time career in the media.

He has appeared on TV shows including Canals of Wales, Secret Life of Birds, Rugged Wales, Wild Wales, Iolo's Special Reserves, Iolo's Welsh Safari 2005 and Iolo's Great Welsh Parks 2013.

In 2019, he became a presenter on BBC show, Springwatch.

What else has he done?

Iolo has written several books, including Wild Places: Wales' Top 40 Nature Sites,

Red Kite Country: A Celebration of the Wildlife and Landscape of Mid Wales and Wild about the Wild.

In 2007, he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Bangor University.

And in 2017, he received a further honorary fellowship from the University of South Wales.

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