Thursday, 10 October 2013

RSPB Leighton Moss to host BBC's 'Autumnwatch'

BBC Autumnwatch presenters Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games. Photo © BBC

The new location for the BBC’s Autumnwatch is the stunning RSPB Leighton Moss when it returns to BBC Two at the end of October. 

Running across four days, from Tuesday 29th October to Friday 1st November, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will follow the stories of the UK's wildlife in autumn, broadcasting live from Leighton Moss.

Set within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the popular reserve will be right at the heart of this season’s action.

Just south of the Lake District and on the edge of Morecambe Bay, this area is where thousands of migrant waders gather in the autumn months; otters and kingfishers hunt for fish in the reserve’s reed beds, and rare species such as bitterns and bearded tits prepare for winter.

Other highlights will include:

• Starlings – Viewers will see a flock of up to 100,000 starlings roost on the reserve, gathering in huge numbers and making incredible patterns and shapes as they pick their spot to spend the night as the sun sets

• Red deer – Are the largest residents of the reserve, and cameras will follow them as they rut among the reed beds. The males will go head to head for the right to mate with the females, bellowing across the reserve at one another and locking antlers in battle

• Scenes showcasing the huge flocks of oystercatchers, knot and turnstones as they gather to feed in the rich Lancastrian mud out on Morecambe Bay

• The fascinating transformation of the leaves on the rugged hills around the reserve as they change colour

Autumn is a key time of change. The series will examine how the unpredictable nature of the UK's weather can dramatically affect our wildlife. Collaborating with the BBC Weather Centre, Autumnwatch will feature weather updates throughout the series giving audiences a weather report for wildlife, which will cover topics such as how winds in the North Sea affect migrating birds crossing from Scandinavia, and how falling temperatures influence the changing of colours for leaves.

Autumnwatch will also showcase the beauty and drama of this diverse season, exploring nature’s key events and wild spectacles as well as explaining why this season is such a critical time for all of the UK’s wildlife.

Autumnwatch will react to stories as they happen, and report on the latest wildlife news from across the country.

"The series will be truly multiplatform, round the clock, streaming wildlife action live on the web and on BBC Red Button," said a spokesperson. "This year Autumnwatch aims to be more interactive than ever, inspiring everyone to share their stories, photos and videos, and get outdoors to enjoy the season for themselves."

As ever there’s plenty of opportunity for audiences to get involved:

• On the BBC – bbc.co.uk/autumnwatch
• On Facebook - facebook.com/BBCSpringwatch
• Contact us on Twitter @BBCAutumnwatch or share your autumn experiences with #autumnwatch
• Share photos via the official Autumnwatch Flickr group - flickr.com/groups/bbcautumnwatch

Autumnwatch will also join forces with BBC Learning who will host a “Things To Do” event finder linked to the Autumnwatch website. To find nature Autumnwatch theme related events near you visit bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/project/autumnwatch


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