It’s that time of year again when the BBC’s Winterwatch is back on our TV screens.
Winterwatch will return to BBC Two from Tuesday, January 18 for two weeks of wildlife discovery.
From stoats and pine martens in Norfolk to searching for the UK’s rarest owl species, the annual show takes viewers to some of the country’s most rugged habitats.
Winterwatch tracks changes in nature throughout the year – the first part of watches in 2022.
But there are a few changes to this year’s show with a familiar face that doesn’t make its usual Winterwatch appearance.
Who are the BBC Winterwatch presenters?
Chris Packham CBE is an English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author.
He rose to prominence on British television after spending nearly a decade hosting The Really Wild Show.
He is a passionate activist for all aspects of protecting wildlife and finding solutions to climate change.
Michaela Strachan began her career as a Saturday morning TV presenter in the 1980s – from Good Morning Britain to Wide Awake Club.
She then featured Boogie Box on the Music Box music channel and the children’s nature show The Really Wild Show on BBC One.
After making her Countryfile debut in 2002, the presenter has become synonymous with the BBC’s adventures in nature and wildlife.
She’s been a staple of the show since joining Autumnwatch in 2011 – replacing former presenter Kate Humble.
For Winterwatch 2022, Chris and Michaela will explore a multitude of wildlife from Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk, both close to them in eastern England and also stories from further afield in the UK.
Welsh nature watcher and TV presenter Iolo Williams is back for Winterwatch 2022.
Iolo did not appear on Autumnwatch 2021 as filming dates clashed with a guiding week on Mull.
Iolo Williams has been a regular and highly regarded presenter of the “Watch” series since 2019.
For Winterwatch 2022, Iolo will be home from his home on the Isle of Mull.
Known as Eagle Island due to the relatively high populations of White and King-tailed Eagles, Iolo will learn more about these amazing creatures.
Iolo will have a privileged view inside a recently abandoned bald eagle nest – to see how it’s built and to get a glimpse of their varied diet from the leftovers they leave behind.
He will also observe ptarmigan, otters, hares and short-eared owls.
Megan McCubbin is an English zoologist, environmentalist and photographer who joined the ‘Watches’ series in 2020.
For Winterwatch 2022, Megan will be stationed at WWT Castle Espie in Northern Ireland.
Megan was initially co-host with her stepfather Chris Packham from their New Forest home.
She told CountryLiving magazine that Chris could often be found rehabilitating foxes and birds in the family’s bathroom as a child.
Megan featured Springwatch, Autumnwatch, and Winterwatch on BBC Two in 2020 and 2021.
Megan – who grew up surrounded by nature and farm animals – graduated in Zoology from the University of Liverpool.
She recently appeared in Chris and Meg’s Wild Summer for the BBC.
Where’s Gillian Burke from Winterwatch?
Gillian Burke has been a regular presenter of the show since joining Springwatch in 2017.
Unfortunately, due to personal commitments, Winterwatch regular Gillian Burke cannot be part of the live presentation team.
But it’s not all bad news as Gillian has recorded a few films for Winterwatch in the Cotswolds and the South West.
Gillian will be back live for Springwatch 2022.
The presenter previously worked as a researcher for the BBC’s Natural History Unit as well as as a producer and director on several series for Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.