The Great Penguin Rescue
From Sept we're filming the penguin chick bolstering project with the seabird rescue organisation SANCCOB in Cape Town (for those of you who didn't know, yes we have penguins in Cape Town!). Each year SANCCOB rescue late born chicks that have little chance of survival. They rehabilitate them then release them around 7 weeks later. The idea is to bolster the dwindling population of these adorable birds. I will become a volunteer during the filming and so will end up smelling of fish and being covered in bites during the Xmas period!!
We're back for this years Autumnwatch which starts on the 30th Oct 2012 and goes out live every evening until 2nd Nov. There will also be a Winterwatch which will transmit from the 14th Jan 2013 for 4 nights. I'll be joining Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games, donning my thermals and waterproofs and getting out into the Great British Countryside to bring you all the best wildlife that Autumn has to offer!
Great British Ghosts
From wildlife to the paranormal! I've been filming series 2 of Great British Ghosts, discovering more haunted places throughout Britain, and believe me, there are plenty of them!. The series isn't a ghost hunt, instead we find out about the history of haunted places and tell the ghost stories that go with them. We filmed in a diverse selection again from St. Briavels Castle to The Grand Theatre Blackpool, Derby Gaol to a haunted ghost train and plenty of spooky hotels and inns.
The series goes out on UKTV's Yesterday channel which is on freeview, sky and virgin and starts on Aug 24th 2012
We're also going to do a Halloween special.
I have also recently recorded the voice over for series 2 of 'Cheetah Diaries' all filmed close to Cape Town.
Being a Mum!
In between, I'm at home being a mum, doing the school run, the soccer run, the tennis run, the gym minnis run, and the 5 mile run!! (as well as a bit of yoga and pilates!)
My first book! It's called 'Michaela Strachan's Really Wild Adventures', a book of fun and factual animal rhymes. It will be available from the 13th Sept 2012, in hardback to begin with. It's a book of animal poems for children all about my experiences and adventures filming with wildlfe. It's full of photos and fab illustrations by Sarah Horne. It's published by Franklin Watts.