Bill Oddie is a man of many parts, a star of comedy favourite The Goodies to one of Britain's best known ornithologists, conservationists and natural history presenters. Oddie was born in Rochdale in 1941 but was brought up in Birmingham and has been an obsessive birdwatcher since childhood. Appearing in several Cambridge Footlights productions, Oddie received rave notices and the show Cambridge Circus went to Broadway via the West End and New Zealand. While still at University, Oddie wrote scripts for That Was The Week That Was and on leaving abandoned plans to become either an English teacher or warden of a bird reserve. Bill co-wrote The Goodies with Graeme Garden and over a decade they recorded seven series and two Specials for BBC and a series and Special for LWT. They twice won the Silver Rose of Montreux.
In recent years Oddie has presented numerous bird or general wildlife programmes including Bill Oddie goes Wild, Britain Goes Wild, three series of Birding with Bill Oddie, Bird in the Nest, Oddie in Paradise, The Great Kenyan Bird Safari, Favourite Walks, Wild Weekends, The Bird Business, Flight to Eilat, The Big Bird Face, BBC - Nature Watch and the BBC's Springwatch. Oddie is also an active conservationist and publicly represents organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund, Friends of the Earth, Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International, the Royal Society for Nature Conservation and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. He is also a past or present council member of the RSPB, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East.