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Megan McCubbin credits stepdad Chris Packham and partner for helping her out in tough time
Megan McCubbin, who is the nature-loving stepdaughter of Chris Packham, spoke candidly about her love of animals and the need to protect our wildlife in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.The Springwatch presenter revealed that, while she had a tough time at school due to her dyslexia, it was Chris’ partner Charlotte Corney who helped her through.Megan, who has recently teamed up with Lovat Parks, spoke about the wonders of wildlife and why it can really benefit us all to connect with our “wild side”. The documentarian knows a thing or two about that, as she has grown up with a myriad of diverse creatures all around her. Her most unusual animal friends, however, are the four tigers that were introduced to her by her stepdad’s partner Charlotte.Confirming that she had “no fear” when it came to the wild animals, Megan opened up about the difficult time she had at school and how the tigers helped her not to give up on her zoology dreams.Megan explained: “I’m quite severely dyslexic, and I've always struggled learning science in the conventional way. “So much that - when I was at school - I had some difficult experiences there and teachers didn't really understand what to do with me.“I didn’t necessarily appear to be the brightest, but that wasn't actually the case; it was just the fact that I learned differently from everyone else. “Over time, I've kind of had to challenge myself to overcome - not overcome because you can’t overcome dyslexia - but you learn to work with it and use it to your advantage.”Megan desperately wanted to work with animals, but felt like her performance in science classes indicated she might not be cut out for the Bsc in Zoology she would one day go on to obtain.“It got to a point where I was
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Megan McCubbin slams criticism aimed at stepdad Chris Packham 'Someone has to speak out!’
Megan McCubbin, 27, has spoken out in defence of her stepdad Chris Packham, 61, who is often very vocal about his opinions on climate change and the treatment of animals.The fellow Springwatch presenter insisted it was important for people like herself and Chris with high profiles to fight for their planet in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.Megan, who has recently teamed up with Lovat Parks, spoke about the wondrous benefits of “connecting to our wild side” during the lockdown, as she explained how important it was to speak out about the issues affecting our planet.Chris has been outspoken in his views about climate activism and animal welfare, which has earned him some enemies who do not agree with his strong stances.Megan seems to be following in her stepdad’s footsteps, as she is also vocal about these issues.Asked if she felt it was important for people with a public profile like herself to speak about the issues facing our planet and its wildlife, she responded: “Somebody's got to talk about them.“It's really important that we communicate honestly about the issues going on in the world. “And not only the issues, but the solutions, whether those solutions are driving an electric car or you know, watching what you eat, eating more environmentally friendly foods…“And it's really important that - not only do we talk about it - but we do it ourselves, as well. “So yes, I think it's important to stand up for what we believe in,” she continued. “And for myself, I'll do anything to protect the natural world, because sometimes you see it and you hear about the decline and it can be really challenging. “And so if I can do anything and use my voice to communicate for those species that are in decline.“And if I can
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Megan McCubbin is adamant arson attack at Chris Packham's home won't stop her speaking out
Megan McCubbin, 27, has put on a brave face following the arson attack at the residence of her stepdad, Chris Packham, 61.The Springwatch presenter admitted she was “absolutely not” deterred by the incident, and that she would continue to fight for the planet and animal welfare, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.Megan, who has recently teamed up with Lovat Parks, spoke about the wondrous benefits of “connecting to our wild side” during the lockdown, as she explained how important it was to her to keep wildlife preservation and climate change prevention as part of the conversation. Chris has been outspoken in his views about climate activism and animal welfare, which has earned him some critics as well as fans. Shortly after midnight on October 8 2021, his home was the target of a suspected arson attack, by two masked men who set fire to a vehicle which exploded and destroyed the gates to his property.He said that, while the attack was an escalation of the harassment he had received for years, it would not stop his activism.Megan seems to be following in her stepdad’s footsteps, as when she was asked if the arson attack and other threats would ever put her off speaking out, she replied: “No, absolutely not.”Megan joined Springwatch in 2020 at the height of the pandemic and appeared on camera with Chris, who has presented the show since 2009.Asked if she felt it was important for people with a public profile like herself to speak about the issues facing our planet and its wildlife, she responded: “Somebody's got to talk about them.“It's really important that we communicate honestly about the issues going on in the world. “And not only the issues, but the solutions, whether those solutions are driving an electric
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'Lay off the gin Michaela!' Chris Packham savages co-star as she skews words on-air
Chris Packham made a quip at Michaela Strachan’s expense on Monday’s Springwatch when he told her to “lay off the gin”.The naturalist made the comment as the presenting pair introduced the show’s final week of the season.Michaela said: “As Chris said, it is our final week and Thursday was the end of week two.“Clearly we got a little tongue-tied because we were making up dates, names, and even inventing species.”A montage then played that featured some of the presenters’ blunders over the BBC Two series.They included Chris referring to the year as “2020”, his stepdaughter Megan McCubbin calling a gunpowder shed a “gun ped showder” and Michaela becoming flustered and mistakenly branding a long-tailed tit a “long tit tail”.Following the montage, Chris hung his head in shame and wiped his brow.Michaela giggled and said she thought “long tit tail” was a “great name”, to which Chris looked at her disapprovingly.The 61-year-old then quipped: “How many times have I told you to lay off the gin before the programme?”Michaela broke into laughter and joked that she had “got a bit carried away”, while mimicking the action of her drinking.Chris joked: “You go into your little corner and there you are, necking it down!”Michaela then swiftly rebuked: “Well, what’s your excuse then? You got the year wrong!“Anyway, it just shows that it is live TV.”It is not the first time the presenters have been savaged for their blunders during this series.Last week, Megan shocked some viewers when she said: “I love a shag,” as she talked about the appearance of a bird.Live from Hauxley Nature Reserve, Megan told viewers about a grey heron that was using “precise precision to capture its prey”.Referring to its appearance, she added: “Look at that,
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‘Don’t get that in the US!’ Tom Hanks praises BBC amid seeing Chris Packham on Springwatch
Tom Hanks openly praised the BBC on The One Show this evening, claiming that you “don’t get that” on American TV.The Hollywood star made the observation after watching a clip of Chris Packham presenting Springwatch ahead of the programme's return tonight on BBC Two. Tom, 65, appeared on the BBC One show today with his co-star Austin Butler, 30, ahead of their upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, which is entitled Elvis.Speaking to Emma Willis, 46, and Jermaine Jenas, 39, Tom expressed his admiration for the BBC.During their interview, the presenters introduced Chris and his Springwatch co-host Michaela Strachan, 56, as they joined them remotely from a Norfolk field. Chris’ stepdaughter Megan McCubbin, 27, also made a brief cameo as she was shown getting up close to some tawny owls in the North East of England. After the presenters had given a preview of this year’s Springwatch, Tom had some thoughts on the show.As Emma started moving on the conversation with the two actors on the sofa, Tom couldn’t help but interrupt her. “Now, I know you’re both very busy…” Emma began. “Can we just say how great the BBC is,” Tom interjected, causing the presenters to laugh at the unexpected interruption.Speaking about Springwatch’s award-winning live coverage of animals in the British country, Tom explained how UK TV differs from shows in the USA.“Now, you’re not going to get that live every night in the United States,” Tom mused.“That is just something else,” he said with a smile, as Emma agreed, “You’re really not are you?”Tom’s praise for the broadcaster comes after calls to “defund the BBC” have succeeded, after the government promised to abolish the licence fee by 2027. The BBC will also be forced to make deep cuts to its show budgets,
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Chris Packham’s stepdaughter Megan McCubbin admits being called famous ‘makes him squirm’
Megan McCubbin, 27, is the wildlife-loving step-daughter of nature expert Chris Packham, 61.The star has opened up about what it was like growing up in the spotlight, despite the term “famous” making Chris “squirm”, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.Megan, who has recently teamed up with Lovat Parks, spoke about the wondrous benefits of “connecting to our wild side” this summer, as she had a fantastic experience growing up around wild animals thanks to famed wildlife expert Chris. Asked whether growing up around such a high-profile figure prepared her for show business, which seems worlds away from her outdoor pursuits, she confirmed that it had. “Yeah, I'm quite used to it,” she reflected. "I mean, if you called him [Chris] famous to his face he’d probably squirm a little bit. “But I suppose so; I’m used to people coming up to him and saying hello and being very friendly.“For me, it’s lovely - I’m just so grateful that everyone's been so welcoming to me on something like Springwatch, which people love so much.“I'm grateful that people are incredibly supportive, and they've given me that kind of opportunity.”Springwatch viewers have previously expressed their delight at seeing Chris and Megan’s effortless chemistry on screen thanks to their close relationship. Speaking about their rapport on the show, Megan said: “We have a great relationship with one another and we have a lot of fun.“I think we learn from each other in different ways.
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Chris Packham’s stepdaughter Megan McCubbin ‘saved by tigers’ amid tough time at school
Megan McCubbin, who is the nature-loving step-daughter of Chris Packham, spoke candidly about her love of animals and the need to protect our wildlife in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.The Springwatch presenter revealed that, while she had a tough time at school due to her dyslexia, it was a streak of tigers that saved her from giving up her goal of working with animals. Megan, who has recently teamed up with Lovat Parks, spoke about the wonders of wildlife and why it can really benefit us all to connect with our “wild side”. The documentarian knows a thing or two about that, as she has grown up with a myriad of diverse creatures all around her. Her most unusual animal friends, however, are the four tigers that managed to persuade her not to give up on her dreams of studying zoology. Confirming that she had “no fear” when it came to the wild animals, Megan opened up about the difficult time she had at school.Megan explained: “I’m quite severely dyslexic, and I've always struggled learning science in the conventional way. “So much that - when I was at school - I had some difficult experiences there and teachers didn't really understand what to do with me.“I didn’t necessarily appear to be the brightest, but that wasn't actually the case; it was just the fact that I learned differently from everyone else. “Over time, I've kind of had to challenge myself to overcome - not overcome because you can’t overcome dyslexia - but you learn to work with it and use it to your advantage.”Megan desperately wanted to work with animals, but felt like her performance in science classes indicated she might not be cut out for the Bsc in Zoology she would one day go on to obtain.“It got to a point where I was questioning myself on
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Springwatch's Megan McCubbin shuts down trolls as she reflects on dyslexia 'superpower'
BBC Springwatch star Megan McCubbin is having the last laugh against cruel trolls who mocked her mispronunciation of words on screen – dubbing her dyslexia a “superpower” as her career soars.Back next week in the new series of the show, the zoologist will explore the north east of England in a bid to share the benefits of spending time in nature.On her rise to TV success with the learning disorder, which affects parts of the brain that process language, Megan says: “I’ve confused words or pronounced something wrong and while I get nervous, I wouldn’t change it – dyslexia is a superpower.“I had to rewire how I learn and taught myself to grasp complex concepts.“Dyslexia is very complex and no two people learn the same.”Awareness and support have been forthcoming, continues Megan, who reveals: “Today someone asked if I wanted a script on different-coloured paper.”New research from holiday firm Lovat Parks reveals the powerful benefits to mental health from immersion in nature.Being in the presence of trees saw 81% find a boost in mental wellbeing and spending significant amounts of time in natural environments was shown to reduce the risk of developing depression in 20% of people.Megan adds: “Sit in a quiet place and you’ll see it come alive, spot things and see them in a new light.“We saw during Covid, people engaged with nature more because they had more time on their hands.“As our lives are busier again, we need to remember the joy it gave us.” The 27-year-old, who is the stepdaughter of fellow Springwatch star Chris Packham, turns to the great outdoors to keep her mental wellbeing strong.And Megan suggests anyone worried about the cost-of-living crisis should turn to nature to help control any anxiety.She adds: “This is
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The Chase's Bradley Walsh takes swipe at 'delusional' celebrity contestant on ITV show
The Chase host Bradley Walsh made a cheeky dig at Rachel Johnson during in a celebrity special of the ITV show.He is known for his cheeky jibes at his guests and things were no different when Prime Minister Boris Johnson's sister Rachel Johnson took to the stand to try her luck.The repeated episode of the quiz show also saw author Rachel, journalist Giles Coren, TV presenter Chris Packham and comedian Josie Long battle the chaser.Giles kicked off the quiz and bagged a huge £40,000 for the prize pot, before Rachel stepped up second to try and grab more cash for the team.Playing it safe and scoring a respectable £4,000, she returned to the panel for the final chase - but not before Bradley could take a swipe at her performance.In her initial questions, before going head-to-head with Paul Sinha, Rachel was unable to name champagne brand Veuve Clicquot."The shocking inditement is tonight of course, you not knowing Veuve Clicquot, which is my favourite champagne," Bradley joked."I felt like I got more right, but I'm always very over optimistic which is sad, isn't it?" she jibed back about her comparatively small prize fund.Bradley joked: "No, no it's okay - delusional, but okay."He went on to ask her if she was "ready" to face the Chaser, to which a baffled Rachel replied: "I'm sorry, I don't know what's happening.""Good, time to face the Chaser," the presenter joked.Rachel wasn't caught by The Sinnerman and ended up returning to the team to join them in the final chase.Chris was knocked out after taking a risk to play for £50,000, falling at the final hurdle and going home.Meanwhile, Josie returned to the panel with a low offer of £1,000.The total was taken to £45,000 - which the three celebrities would split between their
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Chris Packham recalls moment car exploded outside family home in terrifying arson attack
Chris Packham has spoken of the terrifying moment a car exploded outside his house in an arson attack.His home in the New Forest was targeted by two masked men on October 8, and police are hunting the attackers.Packham, 60, has faced harassment due to his activism around wildlife conservation and campaigning against trail hunting and licences to shoot wild birds.He said: “Since the threats started a few years ago, they’ve been manyfold and have taken different forms.“So we’ve had death threats initially in the post.“We’ve had people posting us human excrement and animal excrement and other offensive items.”However he said the arson attack marks an “upscaling” and has now had to increase security at his home.Hampshire police say a Land Rover Discovery was stolen in the hours before the attack in Marchwood, Southampton.A Land Rover Discovery drove in convoy with a Mitsubishi Shogun to Packham’s house, before the driver of the Land Rover parked at the gates.“He then spends three minutes and forty seconds, which is a long time, setting fires inside that vehicle,” says Detective Inspector Howard Broadbribb, of Hampshire police.“He’s not afraid of being caught, he’s not panicking. He then very casually walks away in the direction of where the Shogun was parked up.“You can see the Land Rover has been completely destroyed...
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'Concerned for my welfare' Chris Packham on family fears and upped security since attack
Chris Packham, 60, was on BBC's Crimewatch this morning to discuss the terrifying "firebomb attack" that happened at his house in October.The wildlife expert went into detail about what happened and revealed his family's concern for his own welfare after the "upscaling" of these attacks.Chris spoke to Rav Wilding this morning on Crimewatch, in a bid to find those who attacked his home in October last year.The broadcaster said that two men set a vehicle on fire at the gate of his home, causing a dangerous blaze.The attack and many other threats, including finding dead animals outside his home, as well as death threats through the post, have caused concerns for his family.Discussing his family's concern, Chris told Rav Wilding: "As you say, it's quite frightening, it's a direct attack if you like, rather than dead animals being left outside, which I am afraid has come quite a common place."It's an upscaling. But yes, my partner, who is relatively resolute, is certainly perturbed."He continued: "My step daughter who has grown up in a theatre where I have been campaigning and has been perhaps even more used to the threats is concerned about my welfare more than anything else to be quite honest with you."Chris also recalled the events in detail in a bid to bring more information to catch the perpetrators.He said: "It was October 8, myself and the dogs went to bed rather early for us, just before midnight."Then shortly after 12.30am there was an enormous explosion, it was the first I knew of the incident."The car had clearly exploded, the bang was tremendous.The dogs flew off the bed and straight away.
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Chris Packham horrifies fans with photo of 'firebomb attack' on home as he calls for help
Chris Packham, 60, took to Twitter yesterday evening to share a horrifying picture of the firebomb attack on his home in October of last year.The television presenter has shared the picture in a bid for information, and in preparation for his TV appearance discussing the terrifying ordeal.Chris' home in the New Forest was targeted by two masked men on October 8 last year.The broadcaster said the men set a vehicle on fire at the gate of his home, causing the dangerous blaze.He posted a picture of the horrifying moment the fire appeared to begin to spread to his gate on Twitter today to share an update on the incident.In view of his 540,900 followers, he penned: "Tomorrow I'll be speaking on @BBCCrimewatch on @BBCOne at 10am about the firebomb attack on my home last October."DI Howard Broadribb CID from the superb @HantsPolice will reveal new evidence."If anyone has any information please call 101 quoting incident reference 44210403698."Many social media users took to the post's comments to express their concern over the "scary" picture of what had happened.Pembs_flyer said: "Still can't wrap my head around why anyone would want to do this."You are a standup human being, Chris. I really hope the people who did this get what they deserve."LifechatwithD added: "We need more people like you who use their celebrity status for the greater good.
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Chris Packham's stepdaughter Megan McCubbin defended after 'horrible' Twitter backlash
Presenter Megan McCubbin appeared on the finale of BBC’s Winterwatch three weeks ago only to be bombarded by angry tweets from people who had a problem with some of her pronunciations. Fans subsequently jumped to her defence, pointing out the nature lover struggles with dyslexia. Megan, 26, is the stepdaughter of Chris Packham CBE, a famous naturalist best known for his television work, including the CBBC children's nature series The Really Wild Show from 1986 to 1995.Chris, 60, has also presented the BBC nature series Springwatch, including Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, since 2009.The presenter clearly became a source of inspiration for his stepdaughter, who has since followed in his footsteps, recently joining him on the latest series of Winterwatch. On January 28, Megan presented the final instalment of Winterwatch 2022, only to be blasted by some viewers over the way she pronounced certain Irish locations. The conservationist and zoologist made the errors as she was discussing how certain birds fly around Ireland. One location that Megan mispronounced was Donegal, with some viewers insisting that the presenter was incorrectly pronouncing it “Don-Eagle”. Another was Waterford, where she appeared to be saying “Water-ford”.The last was Antrim, which left viewers questioning why the star seemed to be pronouncing it “A-trim”.Some viewers took to Twitter to call Megan out on the errors.Adam Kirtley wrote: “Love your work Megan but ‘Doneeegle’? Come on… Donegal is somewhere you should know how to pronounce!!” Jennifer Wilkinson added: “Ah yes, those well known Irish places Water Ford and Dun Eagle #winterwatch.”Ciaran Norrby penned: “Watching #Winterwatch, my home county of Donegal pronounced as 'Dun Eagle'.
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Gary Lineker responds as Chris Packham issues calls for his help over Kurt Zouma cat video
Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter to respond after Springwatch host Chris Packham issued a call for his help after a disturbing video of West Ham player Kurt Zouma allegedly "kicking his cat and slapping it around" was released yesterday.The wildlife presenter, 60, asked for a "favour" from the BBC sports broadcaster, 61, while branding the West Ham player's actions "not something in any way, space, or form acceptable."In view of his 528,000 followers, the former Everton footballer responded to the wildlife expert's video.Gary wrote: "Hi Chris, I’m sure you saw my tweet yesterday."I hope the relative authorities will take the required action."As you say it was an awful act of cruelty on that poor cat," he ended his reply.Yesterday, the Springwatch star posted a video directly appealing for help from the pundit.Chris said: "Hello Gary, Chris Packham here."Very sadly we've never met, I've always been a great fan of yours, of your play on the field and your work subsequently."I particularly like the way you stand up robustly for issues, drawing attention to things that we need to think about more widely, so top work on that account."But the fandom has to stop there," he said, as he finished gushing over the star.Chris went on: "I want to call upon you if I may to ask a favour."Us that work within the environmental wildlife and animal welfare world and I know you've helped us before, thank you very much for reposting the tweet about the snaring campaign that we're running at the moment."But it will have come to your notice I'm sure that a premiership footballer playing for West Ham has allegedly been kicking his cat and slapping it around in front of children in what appears to be his kitchen"This is, I'm sure you will
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'Should've done it in Vegas!' Lorraine Kelly questions Adele's BRITs return amid axed gigs
Lorraine Kelly has raised her eyebrows after Adele performed the hit song I Drink Wine while sitting on a grand piano at the BRIT Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.The ITV presenter issued a thinly-veiled swipe at the British singer after she cancelled her Las Vegas shows last month.The 62-year-old returned for the latest instalment of her morning programme where she addressed the annual music event.She kicked off her self-titled show discussing all the gossip from the BRIT Awards with showbiz correspondent Ria Hebden and fashion guru Mark Hayes.The trio opened up about Adele's flawless performance to her song I Drink Wine.The 33-year-old captivated audiences with her stunning vocals and sensational appearance in a gold dress.The Easy On Me singer belted out her tune whilst sitting on top of a grand piano.The singing sensation's simplistic performance did not go unnoticed by the veteran broadcaster.Lorraine said: "She should have just done that in Vegas.She looked comfortable."That's all people want."Her comments come after Adele pulled the plug on her Las Vegas residency last month.The Hello hitmaker continues to face backlash for leaving fans thousands of pounds out of pocket when cancelled on her Stateside shows with just 24 hours' notice.Several fans took to social media to comment on Adele's BRIT award performance.Tori Rosemund commented: "And I’m stuck waiting to see if she’s gonna reschedule the Vegas shows."'Rancid stench of arrogance' Chris Packham rips into West Ham bosses[LATEST]Gemma Atkinson wows fiancé Gorka Marquez in revealing dress at BRITs[PICTURES]EastEnders' Natalie Cassidy hits out at Strictly for 'fat-shaming' her[STRICTLY]Megs remarked: "So Adele can't manage her concerts in Vegas, which by the
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