It’s been announced that Michaela Strachan won’t be presenting new episodes of Winterwatch in 2021.
Michaela is unable to take on hosting duties due to ongoing lockdown restrictions, but she’ll still be appearing on the show remotely via video link.
Winterwatch is expected to air towards the end of January 2021, taking a look at the natural world as animals face the coldest and most challenging conditions of the year.
Michaela is unable to travel from her home in South Africa to film the show, and instead she’ll be speaking with presenter Chris Packham during the first episode remotely.
Chris, Iolo Williams, Gillian Burke and Megan McCubbin will present the show’s upcoming series in her place.
A message from the BBC said that the broadcaster is ‘deeply saddened’ by the news of Michaela’s absence.
It’s not the first time the pandemic has stopped Michaela appearing on our screens.
The host was unable to return to the UK from South Africa in May as the country went into lockdown, meaning she was unable to host Springwatch in 2020.
She was able to return for Autumnwatch, but further restrictions mean she won’t be back for Winterwatch.
Michaela has been a regular presenter on Springwatch and Autumn watch since 2012, having previously been a familiar face to nature lovers on programmes like The Really Wild Show and Countryfile.
Winterwatch will return to BBC Two in the New Year.