Chris Harbard has travelled the world in search of birds, from his first trip abroad to Austria to far flung places like Antarctica, Greenland, Saudi Arabia (to monitor the effects of the Gulf War on birds), South Africa (to help penguins following the Treasure oil spill), Chile and Japan.
He is a well-known British ornithologist and conservationist who lives in Cambridgeshire. After working for 24 years with the world’s largest bird conservation organisation, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Chris moved to the Austrian optics company Swarovski and managed their birdwatching website for several years.
He is now a freelance author, broadcaster and lecturer. Chris writes for Birdwatch magazine and also manages its website, and is a regular contributor to the BBC’s natural history radio output. Additionally, he edits the Birdwatchers' Guides series of books and serves on the council of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East.
He has worked as a naturalist lecturer on board ships for four years in the Arctic, Antarctic, North Atlantic and North Pacific, and has also led birdwatching trips to France and Spain. Although his main area of interest is birds, especially seabirds, Chris also enjoys a range of other wildlife such as butterflies, dragonflies and plants.