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12 October 2013
Image: Andy Hay
History and wildlife presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff is our President. She was elected by RSPB members in October 2013.
The RSPB hopes that Miranda's enthusiasm and expertise will inspire more people to become interested in wildlife and do their bit to give nature a home.
Miranda is best known as a wildlife expert on BBC 1's The One Show and as one of the original Coast team members.
She has also recently presented BBC1's Britain's Big Wildlife Revival, appeared on Celebrity Masterchef and become a regular on BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth, Living World and Tweet of the Day.
Miranda's interest in nature stems from a childhood spent outdoors in her family garden in Buckinghamshire and roaming around nearby Burnham Beeches, which led her to study a Zoology degree at Bristol University and volunteer with various wildlife organisations. A trained diver, Miranda is interested in wildlife both above and below the waves.
Miranda says: 'Being asked to be President of the RSPB is a huge honour and a massive responsibility, but I'm very much looking forward to the challenge.
'I am a genuine nature lover – I enjoy nothing more than spending time outside with my family and showing my children what's out there - be it a glamorous, majestic bird of prey or a quirkier creature like a slow-worm.'
In her new role, Miranda aims to increase support for the RSPB and build wider awareness of its work. She wants to celebrate British wildlife and raise awareness of the fascinating creatures we have on our doorstep. In particular she wants to enthuse children about nature, and help adults learn how to enthuse their children.
Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive says: 'The start of Miranda's RSPB Presidency comes at a time when nature is facing huge challenges. To meet these challenges we need to grow support for nature by inspiring more people to enjoy it, care about it and save it. Miranda brings a natural ability to enthuse others about nature and we are pleased to welcome her as our new President.'