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Terry Nutkins

Terry Nutkins
Born (1946-08-12)12 August 1946
Marylebone, London, England, UK[1]
Died 6 September 2012(2012-09-06) (aged 66)
Glenelg, Scotland, UK
Nationality British
Occupation TV presenter, wildlife conservationist, author

Terence Paul "Terry" Nutkins (12 August 1946 – 6 September 2012) was an English naturalist, television presenter and author. He was best known for his television appearances, notably in the UK children's programmes Animal Magic, The Really Wild Show, Brilliant Creatures and Growing Up Wild.


  • Biography 1
  • Death 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • Audio book narration 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Terry Nutkins was born in Marylebone, London and spent most of his childhood there.[2] He skipped school to spend time with the elephants at London Zoo. At the age of twelve, Nutkins went to work in Scotland,[3] the naturalist Gavin Maxwell having written to London Zoo requesting help from two young assistants to look after otters that he was keeping as pets and studying at his remote home in the Sandaig Islands near the Isle of Skye. Nutkins was initially hired for a summer placement, but did not return home and with the permission of his parents he spent several years working and living with Maxwell and another boy who had landed a summer job with Nutkins, Jimmy Watt.[4] Maxwell became Nutkins' legal guardian, and in a Radio 4 documentary Nutkins described living with Maxwell as a "peculiar existence, in virtual isolation, with a man who was as charming as he was difficult, and whose depression led to severe mood swings".[5] Maxwell wrote several books during Nutkins' time there, including the hugely successful Ring of Bright Water in 1960.[6] At 15, Nutkins lost part of two fingers to one of the otters, named Edal.[7] He revisited the site of the cottage he shared with Maxwell on the BBC's Countryfile programme in 2010.[4]

In the 1980s, Nutkins was co-presenter of the BBC children's television series Animal Magic with Johnny Morris, whom he describes as his second mentor after Maxwell.[2] He is perhaps best remembered on the show for segments with Gemini, the California sea lion he had hand-reared from infancy. Animal Magic's run ended in 1983 and a year later Nutkins was asked to put together a new animal series, which resulted in The Really Wild Show which he presented from 1986 to 1993. In 1999, he inherited a large portion of Johnny Morris's estate.[8]

Nutkins was also instrumental in the restoration of the historic Fort Augustus Abbey on the shores of Loch Ness.[9]

In 2004, he appeared on Living TV's reality television show I'm Famous and Frightened!, and he featured in the 2007 Comic Relief video. In April 2009, Nutkins co-presented and narrated My Life as an Animal, a BBC Three programme where young professionals and media personalities lived life as animals for four days, sharing living areas, food and sleeping with several farm and zoo animals. More recently Nutkins made an appearance on the BBC's Winterwatch programme (a spin off from Springwatch) talking about how otters had survived the harsh January 2012.

Nutkins was a keen beekeeper and a member of the British Beekeepers' Association.[10] A stone carving of Nutkins was unveiled at the Royal Horticultural Society Show in Tatton Park in 2010.[11]


Nutkins died on 6 September 2012, aged 66.[12] He had been receiving treatment for nine months for acute leukaemia.[13] He died at his home in Glenelg, Scotland and is survived by his wife, eight children and eight grandchildren.[14]


Audio book narration

  • The Really Wild Animal Tape Listen for Pleasure (1995) ISBN 1-85848-339-5
  • Animal Magic: A Jungle Story Listen for Pleasure, (1997) ISBN 1-85848-483-9


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Patrick Barkham (7 April 2006). "The really wild man". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  3. ^ Brian Pendreigh (2012-09-08). "Terry Nutkins | Herald Scotland". Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Terry Nutkins". London: Telegraph. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Terry Nutkins: In the Ring of Bright Water, Episode 1". 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  6. ^ Stephen Moss (7 September 2012). "Terry Nutkins obituary | Television & radio". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  7. ^  
  8. ^ "Johnny Morris cut family from will" – The Independent, 17 November 1999
  9. ^ "Historic abbey sold at auction". BBC. 2003-06-04. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Terry Nutkins Dead At 66". Daily Express. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Wildlife presenter Terry Nutkins dies aged 66". BBC Online. 7 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Terry Nutkins Dies After Battle With Cancer". Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Adam Sherwin (2012-09-07). "Terry Nutkins dies". London: Retrieved 2012-09-07. 

External links

  • Terry Nutkins at the Internet Movie Database
  • Performing Artistes Online Terry Nutkins
  • Failure to sell Fort Augustus Abbey
  • Opening of seal sanctuary
  • Animal MagicVideo of Nutkins, Gemini and Johnny Morris on
  • Nutkins: I've no time for people who bulls*** with animals
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