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Michaela Strachan, 54, who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and son, was forced to miss filming BBC’s Springwatch due to recent flight restrictions. However, a show insider has confirmed that the wildlife presenter will be returning for Autumnwatch 202
We have very different approaches
They revealed: “There will be strict social distancing on all the Autumnwatch locations.
“We will be sticking to all government guidelines for that Nation.
“There will be a minimal number of people on location and most of the team will continue to work from home.”
However the new rulings mean that Michaela will be based at Tentsmuir Forest in Fife, Scotland for the two-week show, while other presenters remain scattered across the UK.
Fellow co-host and friend of Michaela, Chris Packham, will stay close to his home in the New Forest.
Gillian Burke will be hosting from RSPB Old Moor in South Yorkshire.
Meanwhile, Iolo Williams will spend the fortnight at the Centre for Alternative technology in Wales.
Michaela will be returning after missing Springwatch because of the recent lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Chris admitted that his colleague was “heartbroken” after being unable to film for the show back in May.
At the time, the others said she was particularly missed as “the glue that holds it all together”.
Chris told The Mirror: “We have very different approaches and a combination of those is why we’re still working together over 28 years.
“My attitude has always been a bit cavalier. I’m always five minutes late – I don’t read the script on time, or the notes.
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“Michaela is consummately professional. She’s always on time, sober, well presented, properly prepared.”
He added: “I’ve known Michaela longer than anyone else that I currently see, other than my sister and my father.
“That’s a long-term friendship for me, a lot of my friendships don’t go back that long.”
When Michaela returns, she will be covering a live camera set-up on the Isle of May as the grey seals haul out for pupping.
It comes as Michaela recently shared her “frustration” on Twitter as she recovered from a knee injury.
She explained: “This year hiking in the mountain has been my solace but for the last 3 months I’ve been incredibly frustrated as I’ve been having Physio for a twisted knee.
“Today I was back and for a couple of hours at least, all was well in my world, except perhaps for a slight knee twinge!”
The new series of Autumnwatch is due to kick off a two-week run on BBC2 at the end of October.
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