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Ok, I feel much better now - googled & found the following guide (kudos to the guy who posted it, whoever he may be)

Changing the headlight on a megane -
It's not entirely easy, but worth a go rather than paying Renault 30 to 40...
Turn your wheel almost full lock to the other side to get access. Undo the outer cap in the wheel arch by turning it anti-clockwise. It pulls out.
For better access, open the bonnet and take off the plastic cover just above the headlight assembly - there are 2 plastic screws on it which need to be turned 90degrees to release them. You can actually get a bit more access by removing the battery cover if it's the nearside. There are 2 bolts to undo and another 90degree turn screw.
You need to be reasonably dextrous for the next bit. Put your arm up through the wheel arch access hole and undo the cap over the headlight by turning it anti-clockwise. Remove it through the hole. The wires connect to the bulb via a simple push-on assembly - remove this now by "wiggling it" loose, pulling until it comes off. It can hang free for now. There is now a metal clasp holding the bulb in place. It has a little u-shaped part sticking out above the bulb and is hinged below the bulb. Pull / push the upper u-shape piece down to allow it to unclip from the socket and swing down on the hinge releasing the bulb. Remove the bulb (there's nothing else holding it).
Insert the new bulb (don't touch the glass). To fit, the bulb needs to be orientated with the notched area on its base pointing upwards - if you can't see, just rotate it while trying to push it in - it'll slot into place when it's right. Now pull up the retaining clip in the reverse of removing it, clipping the bulb into place. Then attach the wires - the wire attachment has 2 slots corresponding to the two flat connectors on the base of the bulb. These need to be slotted into the fitting and the wire connector pushed on firmly. Check the headlight is now working.
If, so, re-attach the various covers in the reverse process of removing them. It's fiddly, but only takes about 10min.

This did in fact, take me 10 mins once I had this guide to work from!
(oh, for the headlight bulb though, there was no need for me to take the wheel arch cover off & get filthy.)
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