Springwatch’s Steve Backshall admits show ‘will be different this time around’ ahead of return tonight

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Springwatch’s Steve Backshall has revealed that the brand new series ‘will be different this time around’ as it prepares to return to television screens tonight.

Joining Lorraine Kelly on today’s Good Morning Britain, the wildlife expert teased that the show has undergone an overhaul with Chris Packham, Gillian Burke, Iolo Williams and guests Ellie Harrison, Gordon Buchanan and Megan McCubbin presenting from their home patches via Zoom.

Steve will join the team from his home patch on the Thames, ecologist Ellie from her Cotswold base, and wildlife cameraman Gordon will cover nature stories from Scotland.

In addition, wildlife TV presenter and zoologist Megan will join her step-father Chris, with whom she has been self-isolating in the New Forest.

Meanwhile, Megan will share her fascination with animal science and her observations on how this spring is developing for our wildlife.

‘I think we’re feeling our way through this,’ Steve began. ‘One of the joys of Springwatch normally is that you all work together from one central hub.

Steve Backshall joined the show via a live link (Picture: ITV)

‘Instead, we’re doing all of that on Zoom, but the positive aspect is we will be coming from all over the country.

‘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.

Releasing a video to their social media pages, presenter Chris Packham explained the new way the series will run.

Springwatch returns tonight (Picture: BBC)

Unfortunately, the team will be missing one crucial member, as Michaela is currently on lockdown in South Africa, and will therefore be unable to join the team.

However, Chris will still be joined by Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams for the nature adventure.

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Speaking on the announcement, Chris explained: ‘This Springwatch will be a series like no other. As the country experiences lockdown the natural world offers solace to so many.

‘I’m delighted that through the magic of modern technology, the Springwatch team will be able to share the splendour of spring with the nation again this year.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV and Springwatch returns tonight at 8pm on BBC Two.

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