WINTERWATCH is back on BBC Two and fans are thrilled to see its return to the small screen.
But who are the presenters of the nature show?
Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke are hosting Autumnwatch in 2020Credit: BBC
Who are the Winterwatch 2021 presenters?
Sadly Michaela Strachan, who usually presents the nature programme, will not be joining the team as a presenter for Winterwatch because lockdown has meant she had to stay in South Africa, where she is based.
Chris is a naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author.
He hosted The Really Wild Show from 1986 to 1995 and has presented Springwatch, including Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, since 2009.
Chris has also presented a string of other programmes, including a documentary called Inside the Animal Mind, a two-part series for the BBC, Cats v. Dogs: Which Is Best?, and he co-presented Earth Live on NatGeo Wild with Jane Lynch and Phil Keogan.
Packham was born in Southampton on 4 May 1961 – that makes him 56 – and lives in the New Forest with his pet poodle, Scratchy.
He’s dating Charlotte Corney, owner of the Isle of Wight Zoo – but the couple doesn’t live together.
Chris Packham is back as a host on WinterwatchCredit: BBC
Gillian was born just outside Nairobi, Kenya an lived what she describes as a “very happily feral” childhood, hunting barefoot for insects outside their house.
“I hated shoes,” she told the Radio Times, “and would kick them off as soon as I got home from school”.
She studied biology at Bristol University before working as a researcher for BBC’s Natural History Unit.
Gillian now lives in Cornwall with her two children.
Gillian Burke once again joins the presenting team for AutumnwatchCredit: BBC
Welsh wildlife expert Iolo Williams is an ornithologist, TV presenter and author.
He spent 14 years working for the RSPB, before media interest in his vast knowledge of Welsh bird life caused him to pursue a full-time TV career.
Iolo made an appearance on Springwatch before and has also featured in previous seasons of Winterwatch.
He has presented series such as Wild Wales, Rugged Wales, Great Welsh Parks, Visions of Snowdonia and Birdmanfor BBC Two and has co-presented several network series such as Nature’s Top 40 and Countryfile.
He is married with two sons, while he also own two rescue dogs that have previously made appearances on some of his TV shows.
Iolo has written several books, including Wild Places: Wales’ Top 40 Nature Sites, Red Kite Country: A Celebration of the Wildlife and Landscape of Mid Wales and Wild about the Wild.
Iolo Williams is a regular on the BBC nature show
Megan is Chris Packham’s stepdaughter. She was new to last year’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch and is returning for Winterwatch.
Her bio reads: “Megan is a passionate scientist with a particular interest in behaviour, evolution and the illegal wildlife trade. Her interest stems from a childhood growing up in and around the Isle of Wight Zoo, which specialises in the rescue and rehabilitation of ex-circus and pet trade animals.”
Megan McCubbin co-hosted Springwatch with her stepfather Chris Packham
Is Michaela Strachan on Winterwatch 2021?
Unfortunately, Michaela is not able to present this year as she has not been able to return to the UK.
Covid lockdown restrictions have meant the presenter has had to stay in Cape Town, where she lives with her family.
However she can still phone the show from her home in South Africa.
Like Packham, Michaela has also presented The Really Wild Show, joining the programme in 1993.
Michaela was unfortunately in South Africa during filming of Springwatch due to the lockdown and was unable to join in person – but was back in person for Autumnwatch.
She has also co-presented two series of Orangutan Diary with Steve Leonard for BBC One, and the six-part series The Great Penguin Rescue on the Eden channel.
In January 2014, she took part in series 2 of ITV’S celebrity diving show Splash!
Strachan has also had a music career, bagging herself two UK hit singles – a cover of Edwin Starr’s “H.A.P.P.Y. Radio – which got to No. 62 in 1989 – and Take Good Care of My Heart – which got to No. 66 in 1990.
She was born in Ewell, Surrey, on 7 April 1966 – that makes her 51.
She raises son Oliver with partner Nick Chevallier, and she’s allergic to elephants.
Michaela Strachan has also returned to her hosting duties but was unable to join in person as she was stuck in lockdown in South AfricaCredit: BBC
When is Winterwatch on TV?
Winterwatch is on BBC Two TONIGHT (January 19) at 8pm.
You can watch any missed episodes on the iPlayer.