Naturalist and TV presenter Iolo Williams is part of the popular BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch presenting team. He has presented series such as Wild Wales, Rugged Wales, Great Welsh Parks, Visions of Snowdonia and Birdman for BBC Two and has co-presented several network series such as Nature’s Top 40 and Countryfile.
He’s a passionate, inspiring speaker who’s addressed the Welsh assembly on conservation issues, a published author and Wildlife columnist. Iolo’s natural history knowledge is global.
Iolo was born and bred in mid Wales. Having completed a degree in ecology from North East London Polytechnic, he went on to work for the RSPB for almost 15 years. His role as Species Officer for Wales saw him work with some of the country’s rarest breeding birds and this, inevitably, brought him to the attention of the media.
Two series for BBC 2, Visions of Snowdonia and Birdman, followed his work as an RSPB officer and in the late 1990s, Iolo left the Society to work full-time in the media. His series, in both Welsh and English, concentrated on the wildlife of Wales and the world and he co-presented several network series such as Nature’s Top 40 and Countryfile.
Since 2010, Iolo has been part of the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch presenting team and he has presented several series such as Wild Wales, Rugged Wales and Great Welsh Parks for BBC 2.
He has written several books on Welsh wildlife in both English and Welsh and he is a regular contributor to several magazines, including ‘BBC Wildlife’.
Iolo is a qualified paraglider and has a PADI Divemaster qualification. He is a patron of several Welsh conservation organisations and is currently president of the Welsh Ornithological Society.
Iolo is a keen sportsman, having played rugby for most of his life and has undertaken charity walks up Kilimanjaro for Velindre Cancer Care and has twice trekked the length of Wales for Air Ambulance and Hope House/Ty Hafan children’s hospices.