The 50-year-old presenter was trying to “charm” a spider out of hiding by using an electric toothbrush.
She was heard saying: “I’m going to do a bit of spider charming. I’ve got a tuning fork, so I’m going to try this first.”
Michaela was seen holding the small metal fork over the web in the hope of bringing out the little arachnid, sadly it wasn’t to be.
“Well, the tuning fork didn’t work, it’s a bit old-fashioned, isn’t it?” said Michaela, before adding: “It’s a bit last century.”
She then threw it away and, with enthusiasm, plucked something else from her pocket.
“I’ve got something far more high-tech. This is the latest version of a tuning fork. It is a pink sonic toothbrush, 20,000 vibrations a minute,” she explained.
The broadcaster then added: “So, if we put that into a spider’s web. That should replicate the vibrations of a fly.”
Unfortunately, it appeared that the toothbrush was just as ineffective as the tuning fork and nothing appeared to happen.
Michaela Strachan is in hysterics on Winterwatch
Michaela Strachan fails to charm a spider on Winterwatch
“And look at the spider come rushing out!” quipped Michaela as she went on to joke: “Who suggested this stupid thing?”
She was seen laughing at the Winterwatch blunder but luckily Michaela had better luck when she tried it a second time.
The electric toothbrush fail was not the only thing to go wrong during the show, it appeared that host Martin Hughes-Games was left disappointed after he called on viewers to listen to the sound of a bird calling but was unable to hear it himself.
Michaela Strachan fails to charm a spider with a toothbrush on Winterwatch
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Tonight was the second instalment of the BBC series and was again broadcast live from Arne in Dorset.
Viewers were treated to footage of a badger drinking from a pond and shots of foxes feeding off a carcass.
Compared to the first episode, Winterwatch was relatively quiet on the innuendo tonight with a passing reference to a “woodcock in the hand” by presenter Chris Packham.
Winterwatch continues on BBC Two tomorrow night at 8pm.