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Springwatch: Chris Packham and Megan's real-life relationship

The pair are very close in real life 

Emmy Griffiths

Springwatch presenter Chris Packham has recently welcomed his stepdaughter Megan McCubbin onto the show as a guest presenter, but what is their relationship like in real life? Find out more here... 

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Chris and Megan are very close, with Megan having known him she was aged two. She even moved in with him during the COVID-19 lockdown, as her mum Jo works for the NHS and felt it would be safer. 

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During their time in lockdown, the pair started the Self-Isolating Bird Club together and co-authored a book Back to Nature: How to Love Life – and Save It. Speaking about the project, Megan told Discover Wildlife: "We wanted to provide options for people to get involved, to start helping. But also remind them about why we’re doing this in the first place. 

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Megan is a Zoologist

"Because, you know, it comes from a love of wildlife, it comes from being in awe of it, it comes from that fascination as a kid. Where Chris had a ladybird on his finger, or I had a pet tortoise, or whatever. It comes from those kind of interactions and then it builds up."

Chatting about working with him to HELLO!, she said: "I met Chris when I was two years old so have always grown up around film crews. I was with my stepdad, and who better to learn from than him? He's a role model of mine professionally and it's great that he happens to be my stepdad as well."

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The pair certainly have a shared interested in nature, as Megan holds a zoology degree from the University of Liverpool. Speaking about her debut on the show, he said: "She did really well. I said to her: 'You figure out what you want to say and I'll fill in around you.' 

"I don't need to own anything, I've got nothing to prove. I was there as a support mechanism, really, and wasn't needed. She believes in what she's got to say, she's excited by the science and committed to the environmental aspects of it."

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