Chris Packham’s stepdaughter Megan McCubbin speaks candidly about learning disorder

Chris Packham talks spending lockdown with Megan McCubbin

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Megan McCubbin is a regular presenter on BBC’s Springwatch alongside stepdad Chris Packham. The small-screen star, who revealed she moved back in with him during lockdown, has opened up about her childhood, as she addressed a challenging period.

The BBC star split from Megan’s mum Jo McCubbin 13 years ago – but has remained close with the 25-year-old zoologist.

The young TV presenter has since revealed she “struggled” during her time at school, as she opened up about having dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.

It’s a specific learning difficulty, which means it causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing, according to the NHS.

Speaking in a recent interview, Megan revealed she was interested in acting before pursuing a career working with wildlife.

“I loved acting at school and almost studied drama,” she explained. “As I’m dyslexic, I struggled with science and I was behind on spelling and maths, but when it came to A-levels, I realised I really wanted to work with animals.”

Megan continued to Country Living: “I took environmental studies and then did a foundation year in biological science to get onto my zoology course.

“Learning about cells and lifecycles was a challenge because it’s hard for me to remember patterns, but I stuck at it and got there in the end.”

When Megan isn’t fronting Springwatch, the animal expert works alongside Chris’ girlfriend Charlotte Corney at The Wildheart Sanctuary on the Isle of Wight.

The BBC star revealed she first began working at the sanctuary which looks after big cats aged 12.

“I developed a bond with four tigers who had been hand-reared by Charlotte, who runs the Trust and is now Chris’s partner,” Megan told the same publication.

“I spent hours every day talking to them.”


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Meanwhile, Megan spent the first lockdown living with Chris at his New Forest home while her mum Jo, who is a nurse, worked on the frontline.

While isolating together in Hampshire, the pair started a daily 30-minute Facebook livestream called the Self-Isolating Bird Club.

Chris has since opened up about his blended family now that Megan works with his new partner.

“Megs was into animals when she was younger and when she met Charlotte, she met someone who had tigers and lions rather than owls and snakes like we did at home,” he told OK! Magazine.

“So she went to work at the zoo and spent a lot of time with Charlotte.”

He added: “Up until that time she’d been studying drama, but being at the sanctuary made her have an epiphany.”

The TV star also said that he hopes Megan, who he has known since she was two, continues to follow in his footsteps and joked he’s been “mentoring her as much as she’ll allow me to”.

Springwatch airs tonight on BBC One at 8pm.

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