‘I’d be ecstatic to see a rattlesnake!’
gillian on her mammal and amphibian missions
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!