Award-winning TV presenter, author and public speaker
Michaela Strachan is one of Britain's well known TV presenters and will be back on our screens later this year presenting Autumnwatch. Michaela started off presenting children's programmes but these days is best known for her wildlife programmes. She has been presenting since 1986 on a variety of programmes including The Wide Awake Club, The Hitman And Her, The Really Wild Show, Michaela's Wild Challenge and Countryfile.
Michaela has worked extensively as a presenter on the BBC, one of her most well known programmes was the hugely popular childrens' series The Really Wild Show which she presented for 15 years. She also presented the BBC wildlife series Orangutan Diaries, which she filmed in Borneo with vet Steve Leonard, and Elephant Diaries which she co-presented with Jonathan Scott. Her fascination with sharks led her to cage dive in the BBC documentary Shark Encounters and her love of Orangutans meant she was the perfect presenter for Orangutan Rescue, a BBC documentary where she helped rescue Orangutans after the fires in Borneo.
For Channel Five Michaela filmed a number of series over the years, including Michaela's Zoo Babies, Michaela’s Animal Roadtrip, Animal Rescue Squad, Animal Families and the hugely popular Michaela's Wild Challenge which won a Double BAFTA award.
For National Geographic Channel she filmed Safari Live, live from the Kruger National Park in South Africa. For Discovery's Animal Planet channel she presented Adopt a Wild Animal and Postcards From The Wild and Big 5 Little 5 which she filmed with long time TV friend Chris Packham. For NHU South Africa she worked as a volunteer in a sea bird rescue centre for the series The Great Penguin Rescue.
Aside from her wildlife successes, including 10 years as a regular on BBC One's Countryfile, Michaela has presented two series of Great British Ghosts for Yesterday TV, One Man and his Dog for the BBC, a series about fossils The Fossil Roadshow for BBC Two, a gardening series Full Bloom and even a cookery series Club Vegetarian for Granda TV.
She is regularly invited as a guest on TV celebrity shows such as BBC One's Total Wipeout and ITV's Splash and Big Star Little Star where she appeared with her 10 year old son Ollie.
Michaela will be back on our screens this autumn for the latest BBC Two Autumnwatch where she joins Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games for the popular Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Winterwatch live programmes.
She is much in demand for personal appearances, award ceremonies and presentations. Her natural effervescence and engaging humour endear her to audiences, corporate and educational 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 open natural history, environmental and ecologist events and present award ceremonies.
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.
Pictures courtesy of: Caroline McClelland, Sam Gracey, Brian Jordan.