BBC’s autumn watch is returning to explore how wildlife is adapting to a season which has come early this year, with four nights of live programs this week.
Following an overarching theme of ‘the changing face of autumn’, autumn watch will show how the season has been affected by climate change.
With the extremes of wildfires and soaring temperatures in the summer, native wildlife has faced unprecedented challenges in 2022.
Here’s what you need to know.
What locations feature this year?
Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will be at Wild Ken Hill in Norfolkwhere a traditional farming landscape is being rewilded to attract species once lost from the UK landscape.
A long, hot summer in Norfolk saw parts of Wild Ken Hill hit by a wildfire, which tragically claimed the lives of turtle doves, deer, reptiles and amphibians. Michaela visits the site where the fire broke out to see how it’s recovering.
On set with Chris and Michaela, macro filming tanks will also give the audience a close-up look at some of the mini-beasts who live at Wild Ken Hill.
Teifi Marshes & Cardigan Bay
Meanwhile, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke will be at Teifi Marshes and Cardigan Bay in Wales to explore the autumnal season on the west coast of the UK, from dolphins in the bay to rutting deer on land.
The Teifi Marshes form one of the best wetland sites in Wales, packed with wildlife. In autumn, thousands of starlings perform murmurations over the marshes before descending to roost.
The reserve is on the floor of the wide pre-glacial channel left by the former course of the Teifi, now occupied by the river Piliau, which meanders through the marshes, supporting a range of habitats. The area attracts large numbers of wildfowl, notably teal, wigeon and mallard.
Otters can also be found in the marshes, while water shrews are numerous and sika and red deer are now present. Fish species include lamprey, stickleback, mullets, eel, sewin and salmon. Frogs and toads are populous, and both grass snakes and adders are also present on the reserve.
Cardigan Bay also has the largest bottlenose dolphin population in Europe. It is one of only two “semi-resident” populations of bottlenoses in the UK, the other being found at Moray Firth.
How to watch
autumn watch returns to BBC2 and BBC iPlayer on Tuesday 25 October at 8pm. Live cameras also operating online. The four episode run will continue throughout this week until Friday.