Megan McCubbin

Megan is a passionate scientist and adventurer who focuses on science communication as a means to raise awareness for the climate and the biodiversity we share our planet with. She is probably best known as one of the faces of BBC Two’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, as well as Animal Park on BBC One.

Megan’s love of wildlife has been lifelong. Now a nature TV presenter and conservationist, Megan is best known for her work on Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. Megan is using her platform as a presenter and science communicator who is creating programmes to challenge and shine a light on issues not being spoken about much.

Having struggled with traditional science education at school due to her dyslexia, Megan really found her footing during her time at Liverpool. “My lecturers were incredibly supportive and so passionate about their subjects, which got me excited. That’s why it’s so important that we encourage people from all kinds of neurodiverse backgrounds into science”

It was during her time at university that Megan had her first taste of presenting. A friend who was working on the BBC series Undercover Tourist asked for her input on a topic. Having just spent a summer volunteering with rescue bears in China, Megan suggested that they focus on the illegal bear bile market.

During the 2020 lockdown, Megan started the ‘Self-Isolation Bird Club’ with step-father Chris Packham, which was broadcast live every day on Facebook and YouTube. “We built an amazing community”, says Megan. “I think the show gave people a lot of comfort and routine during the stress of lockdown, and hopefully it helped them feel more connected with nature, wherever they were.

“Every day on the job I’m learning something new. My favourite part is speaking to experts - whether that’s scientists, rangers or local people - and then being able to pass on that information. I see myself as more of a science communicator than a presenter. Whether it’s TV, writing or radio, everything I do is about getting the stories and the science out there in an enjoyable and engaging way, and connecting with a wide audience.”