Iolo Williams – ‘A career in conservation’
Welsh naturalist and television presenter Iolo Williams will be giving a fascinating account of his career in conservation, from tales of his childhood to his working career. From red kites to mountain gorillas and hen harriers to grizzly bears, Iolo has been fortunate enough to work with them all, as well as encountering egg-collectors, pigeon fanciers and the SAS along the way. He has been a popular and familiar face on television screens for nearly 20 years, presenting wildlife and open-air programmes in English and Welsh on BBC and S4C. Many people will know him from his regular contributions to the BBC’s ‘Springwatch’.
Iolo Williams was born in Builth Wells, moving when he was 5 years old to the small village of Llanwddyn in north Powys. From an early age, he wandered the moors, woods and rivers around his home in search of wildlife. Following a degree in Ecology he returned to mid-Wales to work on a hill farm and then in forestry before starting work for the RSPB. Iolo spent 15 years with the RSPB as a “Species Officer” for Wales monitoring rare birds such as red kites, black grouse and chough, advising key landowners such as the Forestry Commission and National Trust, and investigating crimes against wild birds.