TV PRESENTER Steve Backshall MBE received an honorary degree from Bangor University at a ceremony on July 12.

One of television’s best-known known wildlife presenters, naturalists, writers, and adventurers, Mr Backshall is known for popular shows such as the BBC programme Deadly 60.

He is an honorary lecturer at Bangor University where he teaches students about conservation, zoology and the wildlife filming industry.

His lectures are among the most popular with plans afoot for live feeds from Steve’s filming locations and field trips.

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Speaking before the ceremony, he said: “In my younger years at school, I struggled with science, I found maths really hard and statistics impossible.

“To have completed my journey and having graduated in the sciences and now to be standing here as an honorary lecturer, with an honorary doctorate at Bangor University is surreal, and one of the proudest days of my life.

“I think Bangor University offers the finest opportunity for any student of natural sciences, anywhere in the nation, it’s one of the finest in the world.

“You have on your doorstep, such a surfeit of natural resources that no one else has, and to be able to study here and then go out and experience the natural world yourself in the very finest of ways is what makes here so very special.”