Chris Packham opens up on Asperger's syndrome: 'Autistic people don't have to ...

Springwatch's leading presenter was diagnosed with Asperger's in 2005 at the age of 44.

The naturalist, conservationist and campaigner revealed his personal struggles last year in his memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar and explained that the response has been overwhelming.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Chris said: "It has been very positive actually. I think a lot of people have been very kind and flattering and they've said that they imagined that it must have taken some degree of bravery to speak so openly about it.

"I think my approach is the same that I take when it comes to conservation and any of the issues that concern me there: Unless we talk about them openly and unless we discuss them, and unless we understand them better, we can't do anything about them."

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Chris Packham opens up on Asperger's syndrome 'Autistic people don't have to suffer'BBCChris Packham opens up on Asperger's syndrome: 'Autistic people don't have to suffer'

Unless we talk about them openly and unless we discuss them, and unless we understand them better, we can't do anything about them

Chris Packham

He continued: "I think that there are many in the UK who still suffer because of their autistic diagnosis or autistic traits.

"The more that we can bring this into the open and have discussions about it, the better people who aren't autistic can understand the condition and how

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