Springwatch’s Chris Packham shares emotional coronavirus message as show takes on new format

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Springwatch’s Chris Packham opened the new and unusual series of the show with an emotional message about coronavirus.

This series, the presenters are filming separately from areas around their homes as the UK lockdown continues.

However, they’re keen to share heartwarming stories to help people through the uncertain times.

‘This is a year like no other we’ve ever encountered,’ he began. ‘Everyone is having to adapt to unprecedented times.

‘People are grieving, struggling, and battling with the most tragic situations that they will ever encounter in their lives.

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‘This series is not to take away from any of these realities.’

He continued: ‘But there is one thing that has happened this year that has offered solace to everyone – a real message of hope. The power, the therapy, the existence of the natural world.’

Chris Packham shared a heartfelt message to introduce Springwatch (Picture: BBC)

In one heart-wrenching moment, he admitted: ‘There’s not a morning I don’t wake up and think, “This isn’t happening.”’

However, he went on to say: ‘There’s never been a more important time for us to take the time to appreciate the wildlife outside our window.’

Fans were left emotional from the message, with one writing: ‘An uplifting and poignant introduction there by Chris…what a man!’

Michaela Strachan is having to sit this series out (Picture: BBC/Glenn Dearing)

‘Chris Packham is making me quite emosh on #Springwatch,’ another added.

‘What an emotional start to #Springwatch,’ one more said, while another summed up everyone’s feelings and said: ‘#springwatch is on. All is calm for a while.’

Presenter Steve Backshall opened up about how different this series is set to be, explaining on Good Morning Britain: ‘I think we’re feeling our way through this.

‘One of the joys of Springwatch normally is that you all work together from one central hub. Instead, we’re doing all of that on Zoom, but the positive aspect is we will be coming from all over the country.

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‘All of us have had that intimate focused look on a narrow area we probably wouldn’t have done.’

Springwatch was confirmed to be returning in May as planned last month, despite the coronavirus pandemic – but host Michaela Strachan will be missing from the series.

Springwatch returns Wednesday at 8pm on BBC Two.

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