Megan McCubbin addresses Springwatch absence after cast shake-up

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Megan McCubbin has become a fan-favourite since she joined her stepfather Chris Packham to present Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch in 2020. However, the 28-year-old has confirmed to that she is “no longer part” of the BBC Two series.

In an exclusive interview, the zoologist said: “I’m no longer part of Springwatch, unfortunately.

“I’m doing one film for the series but I’ve got a lot of fondness for it and hopefully one day I’ll be back.”

When asked whether her absence is because she wants to spend time doing other things, Megan responded: “No, not necessarily.

“I’ve got a lot of love for the Watches and I’m looking forward to watching with a glass of wine.

“I’m still very much communicating with the team and I’ve got a few stories that I know are going to happen so it will be a good series.

“If I ever get the opportunity to come back then I will absolutely jump at the chance.”

The BBC did not respond to’s requests for comment.

Megan was previously part of the core four live presenters on the series, standing in for Gillian Burke who was missing due to scheduling difficulties.

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This series, which begins on May 29, will see Gillian return alongside Iolo Williams, Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan.

It comes as Megan has published her first solo book, An Atlas of Endangered Species.

The volume details the stories of scientists, rangers and conservationists who are fighting to save animals from extinction.

In the book, Megan explores 20 species including sharks, orangutans and glowworms in their battle for survival.

On what she hopes readers will take away from reading it, Megan said: “I hope people will read this and then connect to the animals and why they’re in trouble.

“But most importantly, I hope they’ll be empowered to do something. I hope they’ll be empowered to use their voice to say what’s wrong and what we’d like to change.

“I hope people find their confidence in talking about these issues, talking about the species and asking that change to be made more quickly than this.”

The book has also been made with dyslexic readers in mind. The font style, colouration and spacing on the page is designed to make it easier to read.

Megan said: “I never want anyone with dyslexia to feel how I felt when handed a book.”

An Atlas of Endangered Species by Megan McCubbin, published by Two Roads, £20

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