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Who is Megan McCubbin? Everything you need to know about the Autumnwatch presenter

Zoologist and naturalist Megan McCubbin is a wildlife broadcaster, author and television presenter. She is the stepdaughter of naturalist Chris Packham. Here's all you need to know about the rising BBC star.

Megan McCubbin in a woodland
Published: September 13, 2021 at 4:13 pm
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Megan McCubbin joined the Watches (Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch) team during the lockdown of 2020, co-presenting with her step-father Chris Packham from their home in the New Forest. They had first appeared together on social media in their Self-Isolating Bird Club, a birdwatching community show they launched in March 2021 as a way to focus on nature during lockdown.


They can currently be seen together in the BBC show Chris and Meg's Wild Summer, where the pair travel the UK in an electric campervan looking for the nation's wildlife to enjoy, photograph and discuss.

Who is Megan McCubbin?

Megan McCubbin has reported on plastic pollution issues for Al Jazeera, and for the social movement Extinction Rebellion's award-winning environmental series Earthrise. Back in 2017, she began her career in television by presenting Undercover Tourist: Inside the Illegal Bear Bile Market for BBC3.

Category: Birds in the environment. Silver Award winner. CLAIMING THE FOREST FLOOR: Ovenbird. © Joshua Galicki (USA)/Bird Photographer of the Year

What did Megan McCubbin study?

A passionate and knowledgeable wildlife advocate, Megan McCubbin grew up in and around the Isle of Wight Zoo, which specialises in the rescuing and rehabilitation of ex-circus and pet trade animals. She studied BSc Zoology at the University of Liverpool, focusing on primates and ring-tailed lemurs.

Megan McCubbin has worked and volunteered around the world on wildlife conservation projects, including Africat in Namibia, Animals Asia in China and Sharklab at the Bimini Biological Field Station.

What is Megan McCubbin known for?

In 2007, Megan McCubbin won the under-12's category for the RSPCA's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. In 2019, she was appointed judge and co-ordinator of the Bird Photographer of the Year contest. She is most known for her Antarctica photography.


In 2020, she published her first book, Back to Nature: How to Love Life and Save It, co-written by Chris Packham. Chris and Meg's Wild Summer is currently broadcast on BBC1 on Sundays at 20.30, and available on iPlayer shortly afterwards.


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Tanya Jackson is the acting group digital editor of and Her parents had a pet shop when she was growing up, so she learnt very young how intelligent rats are and why you don’t stick your hands near the beak of a cockatoo. She loves camping, hiking and watching the red kites soar over the Wiltshire hills.


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