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Autumnwatch presenter Megan McCubbin, 25, has told how the final episode of her and her stepdad Chris Packham’s show was delayed due to “personal reasons”. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Megan shared how her and Chris’ new BBC show Chris & Meg’s Wild Summer was pushed back, as they travelled across the UK in a campervan to observe British wildlife.

It did get delayed a little bit, the last episode of filming, due to various personal reasons

Megan McCubbin

Speaking about her summer, Megan revealed that she and Chris, 60, have had a couple of months travelling the length of the country filming their six-part series.

She said: “We literally got back two days ago from filming the last episode.

“It did get delayed a little bit, the last episode of filming, due to various personal reasons.”

However, the environmentalist revealed that she used the trip to “reconnect” with wildlife and spend quality time with her stepfather.

Megan continued: “It was a trip to reconnect with British wildlife and it’s something that neither Chris nor I have done together in a very long time.”

The zoologist is the daughter of Chris’ previous partner, Jo, and despite the pair splitting when Megan was 12, he and his stepdaughter have remained close.

Addressing their adventure, the star joked that she and her stepfather weren’t close enough to spend the whole time stuck inside the campervan.

“We were travelling in a fully electric campervan and we stayed in hotels – I mean, Chris and I are close, but I’m not sure we’re that close!” Megan added.

She went on: “We covered all around from Pembrokeshire up to the Western Isles, so we had lots of opportunity to engage with that wildlife.

“We used to travel around together a lot so to have the opportunity to connect with the wildlife that we’re losing was really powerful and you can see the stark contrast between environments which are managed well, and the environments which aren’t managed as well.”

The star went on to tell of her shock at finding areas of outstanding natural beauty devoid of wildlife, when they should be full of animals and plants.

Megan said: “It’s quite shocking, a lot of people will be going to these areas of outstanding beauty, like to the national parks, and one of the things we speak about is just how derelict it is.

“Going to the lake and peak districts, areas of absolute beauty which should be filled full of wildlife and birds of prey, but it’s simply just not there.”

Megan is supporting Go Organic’s campaign to encourage the population to take action over species that are currently facing extinction.

Research conducted by the Wildlife Trusts reveals that 40 per cent of insect species are under threat of becoming extinct.

Environmentalist Megan is supporting the campaign, which encourages people to adapt their shopping habits to buy organic produce, and promotes healthier farming practices to protect biodiversity.

Listing such species, which includes the hedgehog, grey partridge, and bumblebee, Megan addressed the stark reality of their uncertain future.

She said: “These are animals that should be in our back garden but unfortunately, for the vast majority of us, are no longer in our back garden.

“We’ve lost 41 per cent of the abundance of wildlife in the UK since 1970, we’ve lost so much biodiversity and what’s really sad about it is that a lot of people don’t even notice it’s disappearing, as they’ve grown up in an environment which is so nature-depleted.”

She continued: “The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries that we have in Europe, we are awful in terms of our biodiversity and things like the bumblebee, things like the hedgehog – these are national favourites, these are species which we absolutely adore.”

Megan went on to explain what individuals can do to help protect the future of biodiversity.

She said: “We have to do as much as we possibly can to help the species which we claim to love so much, and part of that is what we can do as consumers.

“Buying organic, thinking about exactly what we’re purchasing when we’re in the supermarket and connecting the dots.

“I always say there is power in our pounds, which I really do stand by, as it can have such a significant impact on supporting organic businesses, organic farmers, and supporting the people who have the environment at the heart of what they do, which is what we really need to be doing now more than ever,” she finished.

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