Chris Packham has returned to our screens on the much-loved wildlife programme, Springwatch. He has been filming live from his home in the New Forest alongside a special guest: his stepdaughter, Megan McCubbin, who has been self-isolating with him in his remote cottage.
Due to social distancing restrictions, the Springwatch presenters have been unable to gather at their usual hub (the Cairngorms, Scotland) but have instead been broadcasting the stories of spring live from their local areas across the UK — and Megan has stepped up to help as a guest presenter with Chris.
Who is Chris Packham's stepdaughter, Megan McCubbin?
Much like her stepfather, 25-year-old Megan also has a passionate for nature and animals, working as a zoologist. After becoming hooked on the natural world as a young child, Megan went on to study zoology at Liverpool University and also won the under 12's RSPCA wildlife photographer of the year award back in 2007.
Chris first met Megan when she was just two and the pair have remained close, despite Chris splitting from Megan's mother when she was 12-years-old.
As well as co-presenting Springwatch with Chris, Megan has also been involved in his environmental campaigns, regularly joining him on protest marches.
In March 2020, Chris launched an online birdwatching community called the Self Isolation Bird Club, to offer an escape for those self-isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak. Megan has been involved in the project, engaging with the online community.
Speaking about how Chris has inspired her own love of nature, she told The Telegraph: "His fascination in nature is so infectious that you can't help but be excited by what he is excited by. He introduced me to a porcupine at a zoo when I was little and that was it."
Megan McCubbin and Chris Packham in lockdown
When lockdown restrictions were announced in the UK, Megan made the decision to move into Chris' cottage so they could continue their wildlife projects together.
She says: "I've been moving around a bit over the last few years. I was at my mum's just before lockdown but she works for the NHS and as she was going to be in and out of hospital, I knew I wanted to continue working, so I came to stay with Chris.
"We have such a deep respect for one another. We have not lived together since I was 12, but I have always come backwards and forwards to spend a week or weekends at his house. To have this lockdown period of time has been great – spending time doing what we love outdoors. We both love learning about nature together and he has been a fantastic teacher. He is a role model of mine as well, and I'm lucky to have him as a step-dad too," Megan says.
I'm LIVE now with @MeganMcCubbin in the New Forest. Today we're joined by @RuthPeacey LIVE from Somerset & @KateHumble takes us on a spring walk through her local woodland . . . join us now ! #WildMorningswithChris https://t.co/cHB1mJMPqv— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) April 23, 2020
Springwatch will air on on BBC Two every night at 8pm until Friday 12th of June. You can catch up on the whole series on iPlayer here. You can also catch up on 'Out to lunch with Chris and Megs' in the BBC website here.
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