Springwatch’s Hannah Stitfall in disbelief at landing BBC role ‘Want a common Essex girl!’

Springwatch’s Hannah Stitfall in disbelief at landing BBC role ‘Want a common Essex girl!’

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Springwatch digital presenter Hannah Stitfall has revealed her disbelief at being chosen as one of a select few to attend a course that runs alongside the BBC. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the BBC star told how she landed a coveted role as presenter on the nature programme and was shocked that they wanted a “common girl from Essex”.

I didn’t think I’d get a place to be honest

Hannah Stitfall

Speaking about her education, the brown-haired presenter told of her disbelief after being chosen as one of a select few to join a prestigious course.

Hannah said: “I did a degree in psychology and then I applied to do the Masters in wildlife filmmaking up in Bristol which is affiliated with BBC.”

However, the environmentalist confessed that she had reservations over whether she’d be accepted or not due to the small number of places on the course.

She explained: “I didn’t think I’d get a place to be honest because they only give out like 15 places.”

But after being told that she had been successful, the environmental campaigner told of her disbelief at landing a spot.

“When I got a place I couldn’t believe it – [I was like] they want a common girl from Essex!” she gushed.

After completing her second degree, Hannah started working for the broadcaster immediately.

She went on: “And then pretty much straight away I was working.

“My first job was working on an online campaign and then a job on social media came up on Springwatch and then I started doing that.”

The wildlife enthusiast soon found herself working with the Springwatch favourites just before lockdown hit last year.

Hannah continued: “Then when we were on location, and I started presenting the lives at lunchtime, with Chris [Packham] and Michaela [Strachan] and then obviously when lockdown happened we were all at home.”

The host opened up and revealed that the programme ended up hitting new records.

“Last year we did four weeks of two live shows a day every morning and every evening for four weeks straight online,” Hannah detailed.

“It came at a time the nation really, really needed it, so we were the ones to bring a little bit of joy into their lives

“So we did hit a record but it’s tiring,” the Springwatch star added.

Speaking about how the nation flocked to enjoy the great outdoors over the course of the last 18 months, Hannah said she hopes the interest in nature can continue.

She went on: “I am optimistic that this newfound love will stay with people and it’s just about continually engaging them as I said, you know, everybody fell in love with the natural world and it did get them through probably the worst year that hopefully we will all experience.

“The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild campaign that runs through the month of June every year, last year was the most successful ever, ever it had 750,000 people signed up.

“That’s a monumental win for engaging people with the natural world as it gives them the resources to do the simplest things.

“And now doing events such as Great Big Green Week, [it has] over 4500 events across the UK, which can harness this newfound open interest with issues of climate change and the natural world and that’s why these events are so important.”

Great Big Green Week saw communities across the country come together in a UK-wide celebration of climate action, with over 4,500 events taking place across the nation to show their support for urgent action against climate change.

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