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Martin Hughes-Games wants to get you more involved in Autumnwatch 2009

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Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 18:28 UK time, Monday, 21 September 2009

Our very own hairy biker - and relative newbie to our presenter team - Martin Hughes-Games returns to our screens for our re-shaped and re-formatted Autumnwatch 2009. Martin has made a series of films aimed at inspiring us to get ever deeper involved with wildlife.

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Martin on how fascinating, and fun, it can be to take a passion for wildlife a step further

An avid and passionate wildlife enthusiast himself, the producer-turned-presenter has been busy over the past few weeks, finding out how to get into all sorts of interesting and rewarding wildlife activities. These not only get us closer to nature but may also help make a difference to science or conservation efforts to help our native wildlife.

From bat detecting to bird ringing and from building homes for wildlife to finding out about ancient knowledge of medicinal plants, Martin will show us just how fascinating, and fun, it can be to take a passion for wildlife a step further.

The Autumnwatch website will have all the relevant information and advice to make this possible for you too, by connecting you to our huge network of wildlife organisation partners and all the great stuff that you can join in with. Check out our In Depth section where there will be more and more useful stuff as the series progresses.


Martin Hughes-Games, Autumnwatch's very own hairy biker

Comment on the bottom of the blog posts to add your own experiences, insights, tips and tricks. We'd make Martin a happy man if everyone does something wild this autumn!

As well as showing us his films, Martin will again be on hand, live with Chris and Kate at our Friday night base, to report on what you, the viewers, have been seeing, saying and asking during the week.

Martin will also again be chairing Autumnwatch Unsprung, our informal-to-the-point-of-slightly-bonkers, audience-led, interactive live discussion programme, which now follows the main show on BBC Two for half an hour.

Go on, get stuck in! The series - and the season - are all yours...

Tim Scoones is the Executive Producer of Autumnwatch

Autumnwatch 2009
Fri 2nd October - Fri 20th November
9-10pm every Friday night on BBC Two
(followed by Autumnwatch Unsprung 10-10.30pm on BBC TWO, plus
a repeat of the main show for family viewing on Saturday afternoons on BBC TWO)... and across the BBC on regional TV, local radio, on the web... and where you live


  • 1. At 11:59pm on 27 Sep 2009, debbiebusybee wrote:


    This week I saw dozens of house martins gathering outside our house, flying up to the eaves and away and back again several times for a couple of minutes. Some rested on the roof for a short while and then they flew off too. It seemed as though they were having a get together before making the long journey south. Is this normal behaviour? I managed to get some footage on video and if it would be of interest, please can you tell me how to send it to you? Thanks. Debbie

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  • 2. At 10:05pm on 28 Sep 2009, BBC Springwatch Web Team wrote:

    Hi Debbie, sounds interesting. We'll be launching our Home movies section tomorrow (Tuesday) where you can upload this video and then we'll be able to see it.


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  • 3. At 6:42pm on 04 Oct 2009, Angiepea wrote:

    Hi All, So glad Autumn Watch is on.
    Earlier on in the year I had two baby goldfinches come in to visit my garden, so I have recently put Nyger seed out in a feeder on the bird table and now I've had a little charm of about eight goldfinches hanging around. I am soooooo happy. They love the sunfloer hearts as well, but I've had those out for years. Is this unusual for goldfinhes to come right into the garden?
    A very pleased AngiePea.

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  • 4. At 8:34pm on 04 Oct 2009, cavey_girl wrote:

    Hi Autumnwatch Team
    Great to see that Martin also has a pet rook. My father has had a rook (Nookie) since May 1997 when it fell out of the horse chestnut tree. Can you tell me what Martin feeds it on? Nookie is very partial to roast chicken legs and coco pops! Despite this weird diet she seems to be thriving although she is a bit lopsided and incredibly bad tempered.
    Love the show, cheers. Caroline.

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  • 5. At 10:03am on 05 Oct 2009, vrobdog wrote:

    Can anyone help with protecting frogs in Winter? We have two who live in a shallow dish.We often get eyes watching us.How do I stop this dish freezing without actally covering the 12" round dish?

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  • 6. At 08:55am on 06 Oct 2009, fergus wrote:

    Beautiful sight yesterday. Looked up and there was a flock of about 50 juvenile swallows feeding on the wing and heading south. The recent long spell of good weather has given more time for the 2nd broods to develop, increasing their chances of a successful return to Southern Africa. Wonder whether ornithologists down there will report an uplift in swallow numbers?

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  • 7. At 2:56pm on 06 Oct 2009, EmmaVickBerks wrote:

    My Uncle Philip had an 'orphan' jackdaw years ago which he called 'Natch' He lives near Gull Rock at Trebarwith Strand in Cornwall so when the tide was out my brother and I used to go collecting winkles for Natch, we cooked them as we couldn't 'un-wind' them from their shells, then fed Natch with them, he really loved them. He flew off one day but hung around for a couple of years, still keeping his independance. Success !

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  • 8. At 7:14pm on 06 Oct 2009, midnightocelot wrote:

    In the last Autumnwatch Unsprung, there was a discussion about Sparrowhawks and their hunting technique. I was once inching along in a traffic jam on a dual carriageway, when a medium-sized bird shot past the front of my car, went UNDER the central reservation, across the next carriageway and then plunged into the trees by the side of the road. All of this happened in about 2 seconds, but the blue-grey colour meant that it could only have been a male Sparrowhawk! Amazing!

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  • 9. At 9:13pm on 06 Oct 2009, tuckbiscuits wrote:

    I do believe that the migatory birds, - Swallows & Martins have stayed later than usual to the Azors High pressures which have given us a late summer - we can all see a difference in just 2 weeks! So can the Birds! Insects were plentiful just a few days ago - so it's a flight for survival. Hopefully we shall see an increase in bird populations next year.

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