‘I’d be ec­static to see a rat­tlesnake!’

gil­lian on her mam­mal and am­phib­ian mis­sions

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What’s on your au­tum­n­watch agenda?

Noc­tur­nal mam­mal mis­sions! It’s an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to get into the de­tail of how moose and bears op­er­ate. But I’m re­ally ex­cited about my leaf lit­ter mis­sion [Gil­lian will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing the am­phib­ians and in­sects that need this colour­ful car­pet of leaves to sur­vive]. I like get­ting down with the lit­tle things. I’m also re­ally ex­cited by red eft newts be­cause they have a re­ally cool life cy­cle. I’d be ec­static to see a rat­tlesnake, too.

you’ve been Work­ing on bbc Watches since 2017. has it

been a fun learn­ing curve?

It’s a boot camp in live pre­sent­ing! When I first started I thought I’d be do­ing more pre-recorded pieces. I didn’t think I’d be do­ing so much live. ev­ery sin­gle night was a new ex­pe­ri­ence.

What’s sur­prised you most While be­ing on the show?

that live broad­cast­ing is a strangely ad­dic­tive ex­pe­ri­ence! there’s that el­e­ment of not know­ing what’s go­ing to hap­pen. I look back and think, I can’t be­lieve I was live on a boat with a bucket of eels!

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