All New Autumnwatch 2012 - live on TV, Red Button and Online

Monday 1 October 2012, 11:51

Holly Spearing Holly Spearing Series Producer

Tagged with:

We're delighted to announce that Autumnwatch returns at the end of October with an exciting new format and location, planned to capture all the best wildlife action of autumn. As if that's not enough cause for celebration, Autumnwatch will be followed by the brand new live series, Winterwatch, in January.

Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games and guests will be following all the wildlife stories as they happen, broadcasting live from our new location. And for the first time, Autumnwatch will be based in Scotland, at one of the best places to showcase the beauty and drama of this dynamic and diverse season. There'll be 4 live shows on BBC TWO from Tuesday 30th October until Friday 2nd November, with Autumnwatch Unsprung on Friday, and our live cameras will be on BBC Red Button and the Web around the clock.

Our New Location
So what about Autumnwatch's new location? We'll be based at the Aigas Field Centre, in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. It's one of the finest areas in the country to experience autumn wildlife, and we'll be right at the heart of the action. Nestled in a wooded glen and surrounded by dramatic mountains, Aigas is home to some of the UK's most iconic animals, from highland specialists to familiar garden wildlife. In the forest, there are red squirrels, pine martens, red deer and crested tits. Birds of prey cruise over the moorland, while foxes and small mammals hunt in the undergrowth, and a loch is home to a family of beavers. We can't wait to show you!

The cameras are being prepared as we speak and with many mammals only active at night, our team will have infra-red, thermal and live mini-cameras to provide a unique insight into their rarely-glimpsed nocturnal lives. The latest macro camera technology will reveal the fascinating, hidden worlds of tiny creatures that normally go unnoticed - we'll truly have autumn covered from the canopy to the leaf litter.

Of course, the wildlife always writes the script, and we've learnt to expect the unexpected on Autumnwatch! But we're hoping to bring you the following:-

  • Beavers - for the first time in the UK, Autumnwatch aims to show exclusive, intimate views from a live camera inside a beaver's lodge as they prepare for winter.
  • Pine martens - these secretive and little known creatures are notoriously elusive but Autumnwatch will have a privileged opportunity to see them up close.
  • Mammal stump - back by popular demand: the mammal stump is a hollowed out tree trunk with embedded cameras and offers a unique perspective on the dramatic lives of small mammals.
  • Buzzards, red squirrels and foxes. In autumn all these species employ different feeding strategies as they prepare for winter. Scavenging, hoarding or stealing - we'll be following their every move.

Live Online and on BBC Red Button
This year, there's more opportunity than ever to watch the action. The remote wildlife cameras switch on on Sunday 28th October, before the series airs on TV.

We now have an Olympic line up of platforms to watch the cameras on - BBC Red Button, the Web, iPads, iPhones, android phones and tablets. So now you can stay tuned to the action, where ever you are.

We're also excited to announce that this year, for 17 hours a day, we'll have live commentary on the live cameras from wildlife experts and broadcasters Chris Sperring and Euan McIlwraith. (Between midnight and 7am the cameras will still be live, with text commentary - apparently presenters need to sleep.)

As always, there are plenty of ways for all of you to get involved.


The Autumnwatch team will be checking all these regularly and we're looking forward to seeing your pictures, receiving your questions, and finding out about your own experiences of autumn.

So that's the big news about the new series, and the new location. But that's just the start - from our base in Scotland we'll be following autumn across the UK, and the team are already out and about filming. The autumnal highlights include an in-depth wild diary, showcasing the beauty of the UK's most iconic landscapes, and revealing the new science and behaviour of some of our best loved animals. We'll be posting more news about all of this soon. Also, look out for a blog from our very own Martin Hughes-Games, who'll be talking about how everyone can get involved in Autumnwatch Unsprung.

And if that wasn't enough, after Autumnwatch, we'll be telling you all about our brand new series, Winterwatch - live for 4 days in January.

We hope you are all as excited about the new look Autumnwatch and Winterwatch as we are!

Tagged with:

Comments

Jump to comments pagination
 
  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 15.

    I know SO many people who, like me, really look forward to each series of Springwatch and Autumnwatch. It really is a blow to learn that Autumnwatch will only get four programmes and one unsprung. Pleeeeze BBC, don't scale down your commitment to a winning formula.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 32.

    People have short memories. The 8-week coverage with one programme per week only started in 2009. Prior to that the format was a nightly programme, 4 days a week for 2 weeks, I think, with no unsprung. Winnie and goldfinch are right: if you include the 4 new winterwatch programmes there is no reduction in programming apart from a net loss of 6 unsprungs.
    As for the new location, bring it on, I can't wait! :-)

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 4.

    Great News,but agree it is too short. For such a fantastic programme covering the most dynamic season it was great to view the changes over the 8 weeks as winter approaches. Still best TV and looking forward to the series. Will there be a Xmas special again this year?

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 5.

    Agreeing with all the above comments....great to have you back and coming from the Highlands and to hear that the web cams will be up and running.... but just four shows to cover the slow progress of the Autumn season....very disappointing.....and assume no message boards.
    Great shame that the powers that be don't see just what a little gem the Watch series are and how much they are eagerly anticipated....

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 1.

    Been looking orward to Autumnwatch - but why only 4 days not 4 weeks like in the past.

    But if you are doing an Winterwatch in January will you be doing a Summer on in July next year as well.

    So we have a live show in the four seasons.

 

Comments 5 of 70

 

This entry is now closed for comments

Share this page

More Posts

Next
Unsprung, your autumnal videos...and conkers

Monday 8 October 2012, 09:32

About this Blog

SpringwatchAutumnwatch and Winterwatch Blog. A place to talk UK Nature.

Blog Updates

Stay updated with the latest posts from the blog.

Subscribe using:

What are feeds?

Springwatch tweets

Archive

We moved recently but you can still view Springwatch 2012 and older posts.