Chris Packham’s stepdaughter Megan McCubbin on Winterwatch challenge ‘Makes things harder’

Winterwatch: Megan McCubbin on ‘hardest part’ of filming

Winterwatch will air on BBC Two for the next couple of weeks as nature-loving viewers will get an intricate insight into how species across the UK have managed to cope through the harsh winter months. Familiar faces will be back at the helm of the hosting team as beloved wildlife expert Chris Packham and his stepdaughter Megan will return once more. With the unforeseen obstacle of having to film the latest series through the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, Megan has admitted there is an additional “technical challenge” of having to broadcast live. 

The pair will be based in the New Forest as the season begins tonight after Megan was given a more prominent role.

She got involved in the show alongside her stepdad Chris last year and fans were impressed with the youngster’s presenting abilities. 

Now, Megan has admitted what challenges she faced whilst filming the latest instalment. 

She explained: “Just like us, wildlife is hunkering down for the winter after what has been an eventful and exceptional year. 

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“This is a really important time for all species and there are many exciting stories to tell, so I think the main obstacle will be the technical challenges that come with broadcasting live from multiple locations.”

Of course, the weather could provide some tricky obstacles amid filming, with more snow forecast in the days to come.

The presenter continued: “Doing it in the midst of winter in the rain and cold does make things harder.

“But I have no doubt that it will come together and be a fantastic series.”

It comes after the presenting duo spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ahead of the new batch of episodes. 

On what viewers could expect from the series, Megan divulged the “hardest challenge” she faced. 

Of Megan, Chris told the ITV hosts: “You’ve been trying to address the reputation of different species.”

“I have,” she explained. “I’m a big fan of the underdog of animals and there are lots of species in the UK that don’t always have the best reputation.

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“I’m going to go out and try and challenge the reputations and get people to think a little differently.”

She went on to give some surprising facts surrounding some less-favoured animals in the UK.

Megan added: “I’ve been looking at rats, I absolutely love rats, they’re intelligent and can show degrees of empathy towards one another… social hierarchies.

“They’re fantastic animals that we should be looking at a lot differently.”

On other animals she wanted the public to try and “look differently” at, she said: “So, jellyfish too, pigeons and lots of great things.”

“Slugs was your hardest challenge I think,” Chris weighed in.

Megan commented: “Slugs were hard because it was snowing in our location and of course, slugs don’t like the snow!”

The show’s opener will see Chris and Megan joined by fellow hosts Michaela Strachan, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke. 

Winterwatch begins tonight at 8pm on BBC Two. 

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