Autumnwatch airs on BBC Two from Tuesday 29 October to Friday 1 November at 8pm-9pm
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Autumnwatch will return to BBC Two at the end of October, broadcasting live from the Cairngorms National Park. Presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams will return to the tipi studio in the Dell of Abernethy to chart the changes in wildlife throughout autumn.
Autumnwatch airs on BBC Two from Tuesday 29 October to Friday 1 November at 8pm-9pm.
This series of Autumnwatch will reveal the result of the Gardenwatch survey - the series’ biggest ever citizen science project. The initiative, which was launched during Springwatch, invited viewers to participate in a survey to collect data on perhaps the least known wildness region in the country - our gardens.
Between May and August there were over 220,000 submissions for the Gardenwatch survey. Conducted in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Open University, the data collected in the survey has given conservationists a specific idea of what is in the nation’s gardens, as well as what British households are already doing to help wildlife, and crucially, what more can be done. This first set findings will be revealed in the programme.
Further data from the Gardenwatch survey will be released in the next series of Springwatch, as the study will act as a barometer of change in Britain’s gardens.
This season Autumnwatch will return to the Cairngorms National Park. Found in the Highlands of Scotland. The Cairngorms is the wildest part of the UK and home to some of the rarest wildlife in the country.
Autumnwatch’s base at the Dell of Abernethy sits on the edge of the Abernethy Caledonian pine forest and is surrounded by Caledonian Pinewoods, open grassland, farmland and garden spaces, all bordered by the River Nethy.
From here, the Autumnwatch team will be able to reach out to the heart of the Cairngorms; from the windy plateaux where ptarmigan and mountain hares huddle, to pristine salmon rivers, and ancient forests home to red squirrels, elusive pine martens and a spectacular crop of mushrooms and fungi. Abernethy is one of the best places in Britain to see rare and strange toadstools.
The Cairngorms will also provide the backdrop for a much bigger story - the way our landscape has changed through time. The mountains are a relic of the last ice age, and the effect of glacial action is easy to see on their exposed slopes. However, the ancient mountains also tell a human story - of deforestation and the man-made changes to the landscape which created the epic vistas we see today.
Autumnwatch will continue to chart how the area has changed over time, and explore the work of the Cairngorms Connect project - which is looking to the future in the aim of reforesting vast swathes of the area in an ambitious 200-year plan. It is the UK's largest landscape-scale conservation project, bringing together NGOs, private landowners and governmental departments.
Live wildlife possibilities
Autumn in the Cairngorms will be unveiled through live cameras hidden across Dell of Abernethy, covering a variety of habitats across the area to show how the local animals are faring as the colder weather arrives.
The mammal nest box cams are expected to capture snoozing squirrels in natural duvets of moss, and potentially even pine martens resting during the day.
Infra-red cameras hidden in the woods will reveal a number of forest animals’ busy night-time activities, including pine martens out hunting, busy wood mice and greedy badgers on the prowl for tasty morsels, preparing to fatten up for the winter which will be soon approaching.
Autumnwatch’s well-stocked bird feeding station will also be back on camera, and will chart the resident populations of garden and forest birds. The series hopes to also show some rare and unusual migrant birds, which could make an appearance.
Further down by the river a selection of cameras will be set to film the elusive otters who avoided sightings last winter (a resident tawny owl appeared in their place).
As usual, Autumnwatch will showcase a series of pre-recorded films covering the expanse of the country, bringing geographical diversity as well as a wide variety of animal, scientific and cultural stories.
Potential stories for this autumn include:
1. Tim Peake supersizes Autumn
2. Autumn migrations in the Firth of Forth
3. Wild goose chase
4. Owls - who’s hooting who?
5. The wonder of autumn decay
6. Summers end for the spiny seahorse
7. Blue Shark encounter
8. Dr Seal
9. Troll Mountain
10. Magnificent antlers
11. Fungus Fanfare at Abernethy
12. Grandfather Shelduck
13. Hampton Court Nature Gardens
14. Xander’s House Beast Safari
The Autumnwatch digital team will be up and running just before the series starts, and will provide exciting extra content for fans who can’t get enough of the amazing wildlife the UK has to offer.
The digital offering will include: exclusive clips not seen on TV, new takes on the best of the films across the series, outtakes and unseen content from filming and some of the amazing footage sent in by Autumnwatch viewers.
The team will stream the best of the action on the remote cameras on BBC iPlayer, the Autumnwatch website, YouTube and Connected Red Button. There will also be pop up lives on the Autumnwatch Facebook page with naturalist and digital presenter Hannah Stitfall, who will be joined by the TV show’s presenters.
All this and much more will be available online at www.bbc.co.uk/autumnwatch. Viewers can join the conversation using #Autumnwatch at @bbcspringwatch on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Source BBC TWO
October 23, 2019 5:10am ET by BBC TWO