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‘Springwatch’ Presenter Chris Packham Opens Up About Living With Asperger’s Syndrome: ‘People Like Me Do Have Something To Offer’

'Unless we talk about them openly, we can’t do anything about them.'

18/07/2017 09:27 BST | Updated 18/07/2017 11:31 BST

Springwatch’ presenter Chris Packham has opened up about living with Asperger’s, which he was diagnosed with in 2005 at the age of 44.

The conservationist says he has had a “positive” reaction from people after writing about his condition - a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others - in his memoir ‘Fingers In The Sparkle Jar’.

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Chris was diagnosed in 2005.
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The 'Springwatch' team

The nature presenter, and co-host Michaela Strachan, have been known to drop a few double-entendres into the wildlife show, whether they’re admiring a pair of “great tits”, giggling about “cock in the flesh” or, indeed, quizzing one another about “deep shags”.

But while we as viewers can be found chuckling along at home, it seems producers are less keen when Chris and Michaela throw in a few cheap gags.

Discussing the show’s innuendos, Chris told The Sun: “We often get told off afterwards, we have had a warning for pushing it. But we are trying to appeal to a broad audience.”

He added: “A lot of the millions of viewers of ‘Springwatch’ are not hardcore natural history watchers.

“If we didn’t entertain them with innuendos, I don’t think the programmes would work.”

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