The Great Penguin Rescue
Being Shown on the Eden channel from 27th Nov 2013 and on Viasat
We have now finished filming and editing 'The Great Penguin Rescue' with the NHU S.Africa. For the series we followed 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 became a volunteer during the filming and so ended up smelling of fish and being covered in bites! It's a great series full of conservation and plenty of humour!
Autumnwatch, Winterwatch and Springwatch
We're back for this years Autumnwatch which starts on the 29th Oct 2013 and transmits live for 4 nights until the 1st Nov. There will also be a Winterwatch which will transmit from the 20th Jan 2014 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 and Winter has to offer! There will of course be a Springwatch too.
Great British Ghosts
From wildlife to the paranormal! Great British Ghosts discovers 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 regularly repeats.
I have also recently recorded the voice over for series 3 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 karate run, and the 5 mile run!! (as well as a bit of yoga and pilates!)
My Book and Show
My first book! It's called 'Michaela Strachan's Really Wild Adventures', a book of fun and factual animal rhymes. 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 and can be ordered on Amazon.
We made the book into a theatre show and took it on a tour in the Feb and Easter school holidays 2013 which was a lot of fun. I have also been doing a scaled down version of the show at events, zoos and wildlife parks.