BAFTA award-winning wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan has been a regular face on our screens for over two decades. For the BBC, she has fronted The Really Wild Show (1993-2006), Orangutan Diaries (2007), Elephant Diaries (2005-08), Shark Encounters (1999), and spent 10 years as a host on Countryfile.
More recently, she is best known as the co-presenter of Springwatch (2011-), Autumnwatch (2011-2022) and Winterwatch (2012-) on BBC2 alongside Chris Packham and fellow Great British Speaker Gillian Burke.
Michaela Strachan’s other credits include Michaela’s Wild Challenge (2003-06) for Channel 5 which was a double BAFTA award-winning production, earning Michaela the BAFTA for Best Children’s Presenter and the programme the BAFTA for Best Children’s Factual.
Other programmes for Channel 5 include Michaela’s Zoo Babies (2010), Michaela’s Animal Road Trip (2009), Animal Rescue Squad (2010), and Animal Families (2010).
For National Geographic, Michaela has fronted Safari Live, live from the Kruger National Park, Adopt a Wild Animal, Postcards from the Wild, and co-presented Big 5 Little 5. She also volunteered in a seabird rescue centre for The Great Penguin Rescue (2013). Other TV credits include Ice Age (2023) alongside Great British Speaker Steve Backshall, Swimming in Sewage: Britain’s Water Scandal (2023), Digging For Treasure (2022), and Extreme Conservation (2022). in the Maldives and Turkey.
Michaela is much in demand for personal appearances, award ceremonies and presentations. Her natural effervescence and engaging humour endear her to audiences, corporate and educational audiences alike.
With her extensive experience of wildlife conservation all around the world and her gift for communication, Michaela is a popular choice to host wildlife festivals and to host natural history, environmental and ecologist events.
Michaela has also been touring zoos, wildlife parks and festivals with her children’s show Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures, a fun, factual, educational and interactive show which has been adapted from her book of the same name.
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In 2014, Michaela Strachan’s cancer diagnosis was made as part of her routine mammogram. Subsequently, she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Her journey through this experience has been openly discussed, including an interview with iN10 in 2019. During that interview, she shared her decision to discontinue medication prematurely, stating, “I chose to cease the medication because I wished to begin 2019 without relying on drugs. I believe that some of these timelines, like the five-year mark, lack absolute certainty, and mentally, I wanted to enter the year without taking Tamoxifen.”
Michaela is totally brilliant at encouraging people to get outside, and sharing the important of keeping active to improve your mental and physical health.
Her effervescent personality and enthusiasm for conservation and the natural world, make her an entertaining guest speaker, host and compere.
Whether it’s a large international conference, trade show, corporate event, or bespoke private occasion, Michaela’s upbeat and friendly demeanour never fails to leave audiences feeling positive, uplifted, and informed.