Kate Humble was born in 1968 and grew up next door to a farm in Berkshire where she spent the majority of her childhood mucking out horses. After leaving school she travelled to Africa and spent a year doing various jobs from hatching crocodiles to driving and cooking for safari companies whilst making her way slowly and not altogether directly from Cape to Cairo She arrived in Egypt with £5 and no ticket home.
On her return to England she started making tea and typing things for people who worked in television production companies and gradually worked her way up the ladder to becoming a producer. In 1994 she again left for Africa with her husband of two years, Ludo. Together they drove around Southern Africa in a broken down pick-up for several months and then sold it to buy tickets to Madagascar. This journey was to become the subject of the first article she wrote for 'The Telegraph'.
In 1997 she joined the BBC, working first on the long running series 'Animal Hospital' and then joining the 'Holiday Programme', where she was asked to present her first report. She continued working both behind and in front of the camera until in 1999 a ten year obsession got the better of her and she and Ludo left for Mali to travel 1500kms through the Sahara desert on foot and camel with salt traders. On her return she continued presenting programmes for the BBC including 'The Essential Guide to Rocks', 'Tomorrow's World', 'Animal Park' and 'Rough Science'.
Her passion for diving lead to her first job with the BBC's Natural History Unit when she was asked to go to the Caymen Islands and dive in a submarine to look for the rarely seen six gill shark for 'The Abyss'. Another live deep water series 'Beyond the Abyss' followed the next year as well as 'Wild in Your Garden' with Bill Oddie. The immensely popular and successful 'Springwatch' followed, along with 'Amazon Abyss', 'Wild in Africa' and 'Seawatch'. She continues to contribute to several magazines and newspapers, is co-author of the 'Springwatch & Autumnwatch' book, and presents a number of science and natural history programmes for the BBC, including 'Climate Change: Britain Under Threat', 'Wild in California' 'Springwatch' and 'Autumnwatch'.
Kate Humble is a writer and presenter. Her most recent television credits include Back to the Land (BBC2, 2017), Arctic Live (BBC2, 2017), Volcano Live (BBC2, 2012), Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey (BBC 2 2012), The Spice Trail (BBC 2, 2011). Her other television credits include Lambing Live (BBC 2 2010 and 2011) Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC 2, 2009), The Frankincense Trail (BBC 2, 2009) and the long running popular wildlife series Springwatch and Autumnwatch.
In 2012 Kate launched Humble by Nature. Based on a working farm in Monmouthshire, Kate and her husband run courses in food, rural skills and animal husbandry.
She has travelled extensively, including in 2009 to a remote region of Afghanistan. She has written for a number of publications including The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Travel Africa and Wanderlust and has a regular column in the Saturday Telegraph about her farm. In 2011 she co-authored ‘Watching Waterbirds’ with Martin McGill to raise funds for The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, of which she is vice-president.
In 2004 she set up www.stuffyourrucksack.com, a website dedicated to helping travellers give support to the world’s poorest communities.
She is a qualified commercial diver and is the second woman ever to be appointed President of the RSPB. She lives in Wales with her husband Ludo, her dogs Badger and Bella, a hive of bees and various other hoofed, furred and feathered livestock.