Autumnwatch 2012 webcams

Key Points

  • The Winterwatch webcams will be live from our base near Inverness, northern Scotland from 1700 GMT 14 January 2013.
  • Now off: The Autumnwatch 2012 webcams streamed 24 hours a day until 22:30 GMT 2 November from Scotland
  • Get in touch: Comment, tweet us, ask us on Facebook and upload your pictures to our Flickr group - we want to hear from you

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    1202: Big Garden Birdwatch webcams

    We are delighted to announce that from 0800 to 1630 GMT on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January we are partnering with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for the annual Big Garden Birdwatch. We'll bring you live webcam action of the UK's garden birds.

    Click here for the Big Garden Birdwatch webcams

    Coming soon: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch live webcam

    We are delighted to announce that from 0800 to 1630 GMT on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January we are partnering with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for the annual Big Garden Birdwatch. We'll bring you live webcam action of the UK's garden birds.

    1632: Winterwatch webcams coming soon

    The Autumnwatch webcams may have finished but the Winterwatch 2013 webcams are live from 5pm Monday 14 January.

    2232: Autumnwatch webcams are now off

    It has been a very eventful week of wildlife webcam action so thank you for joining us here on Autumnwatch to witness the best of British wildlife.

    A massive thanks to all the hardworking people behind the scenes responsible for bringing intimate insights into the world of beavers, pine martens, red squirrels, British birds and more.

    We have the rangers and other staff here to thank too, for sharing their incredible wildlife knowledge during our live commentary with presenters Euan McIlwraith and Chris Sperring.

    Winterwatch will be hitting your screens in January - tell us your winter wildlife tip offs and sightings.

    In the meantime, check out these great pages with loads of brilliant wildlife content:

    Get inspired with ideas on how you can get close to nature this autumn, where to see migration in action and how you can help the wildlife near you this season.

    Explore the wonderful world of British birds to brush up on your identification skills, watch great bird video clips and get ideas on how to encourage birds into your garden.

    Find out the latest wildlife news here.

    We hope you enjoyed the webcams - tell us what you thought via the social media links on this page.

    2220: Help wildlife this autumn by getting out there and enjoying this wonderful season

    Discover how you can not only enjoy the wildlife treats of the autumn season but also help them by doing simple things like making a hedgehog home.

    2225: The countdown....

    We are just about to start switching off the webcams one by one...

    2222: Red kite flight
    2206: Acoustic water adventure

    The microphones have been picking up some incredible audio on the webcams around the beaver cams. Watch sound recordist Chris Watson create a living soundscape of Northumberland's Coquet River.

    2201: Blending in

    Ptarmigan are possibly Britain's toughest birds and live in the cold, harsh mountains of Scotland near where we are based.

    Watch ptarmigan change clothes to match the melting snows.

    2159: Love of British birds

    We know how much you love your British birds - take a look at this page all about your feathered friends.

    2150: Last commentary

    Join presenter Chris Sperring for the last live commentary in 10 minutes. Send us your favourite clips to play, but remember the webcams will be live until 22:30 GMT.

    2131: Little punks

    Watch crested tit chicks, the little punks of the bird world, as they develop their distinctive 'hairdos'.

    2123: Clip request

    Get in touch with your favourite webcam moments. We will be live until 22:30 GMT.

    2121: Caledonian pine forests
    2114: Feeding out of his hand

    Our cameras have allowed some incredibly close views of red squirrels but watch Simon King get evevn closer as a wild red squirrel eats from his hand.

    2109: The mustelid family

    The pine martens have been turning up very regularly each night here. Discover more about the mustelid family: pine martens, otters, badgers and weasels are just some of this incredible family of carnivores

    2034: Can beaver tourism work?

    Debs Eaton asks "Whats the average lifespan of a beaver?"

    Beavers have an average lifespan of about eight years and are known to mate for life. They will produce many litters of kits throughout their lives, and have an average litter ranging from two to four kits, with some litters as large as eight.

    1956: Webcams abroad

    Nina says that "Even in Belgium we enjoy your webcams ! Thanks !" -- Thank you for watching! Glad you are enjoying them!


    Stephanie Aitken says "Thanks so much for the webcams. My 4 year old son so enjoyed them today, he insisted I take the laptop into the loo so he could keep watching!"

    1847: Questions

    Thank you all for your amazing questions - do keep them coming! We will be here until 22:30 GMT today.

    1752: Our next guest

    At 18:00 GMT, Chris Sperring will be joined by Brenna, one of the estate's team of rangers. Get in touch if you have any questions for her.


    Pat Leighton tweets: "Have grown accustomed to dipping into the live webcams - they will be missed! Love all the sounds of the natural world."

    1538: Special guest

    Nigel Bean, part of the remote wildlife camera team will be joining live commentary presenter Chris Sperring at 16:00 GMT.

    Do you have any questions? If so, get in touch with us.

    1451: Ash dieback: 'Wash after visiting woods' plea

    "The environment secretary has urged the public to wash their dogs and boots and even their children after visiting wooded areas, to help stop the spread of a fungus which is killing ash trees." You can continue reading this article published on BBC News.

    1408: Autumn enjoyment

    Alex Hodgson says: "Thank you AutumnWatch team......thoroughly enjoyed the coverage....pity it isn't a 365 thing....;)"

    1359: Listen to our presenters Euan and Chris

    Join us for the last handover between our two live commentators Euan McIlwraith and Chris Sperring. They will be taking you on a journey of the highlights from the whole week.

    Get in touch if you have any questions for them or if you like to see a specific moment.


    Daniel Padfield tweets "watching @BBCAutumnwatch webcams during my lunch break. Does life get more exciting?"

    1259: BBC Red Button

    Many of you have been asking about Red Button. Our webcams will be back on Red Button at 21:00 GMT until 22:30 GMT. The stream here is on all the way through.

    1215: Your photos

    We have been watching two red squirrels chasing each other near the bird feeders. Here is an amazing photo of two red squirrels on a birch tree by Mike Rae.

    1204: Special guest: Bird expert Scott

    We are back with our presenter Euan and his guest Scott. If you have any bird-related questions for him, then do get in touch with us!

    1157: Bird feeders

    Jim Farmer says "It is wonderful to watch all the different species of birds and the squirrels feeding. When the programme finishes I presume that someone will keep feeding them!!!" Great question Jim - the answer is yes they will (and do) however the bird feeder will be in a different location.

    1044: Unsprung Pub Quiz

    Download your answer sheet for tonight's show.

    Unsprung starts at 9:30pm, BBC2

    0940: Brilliant British birds

    We are watching some lovely images of birds coming into the feeder.

    Check out our page all about British birds - it is packed with useful information from what to feed your garden birds, through how to take part in wildlife volunteering as well as some of our best clips of British birds.

    Tell us what you think - we love hearing from you.

    More things to do

    For more inspiration on how you can get closer to nature this autumn, have a look at our autumnal activities feature.

    0837: Autumnwatch things to do

    Get close to wildlife and find outdoor activities near you.

    0659: Off to bed...

    Goodbye from the night-shift team. Thanks for joining us over the last five nights. Euan McIlwraith is here with the morning team and will be starting off the day's live commentary shortly. Enjoy!


    Hel P tweets: "Just switched off the web to go to work. Feeling empty without the sweet sounds of water and beavers. Thanks for the night!"

    0627: Grey Seal
    0618: Feathered friends

    It will be light soon, and there should be lots of birds to see on the bird feeder.

    Discover the birds visiting your garden with this fantastic video collection.


    We were paid visit from badgers, beavers and pine martens tonight. Hope you caught a glimpse!


    Pollie on Twitter says "Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to watch these beautiful animals, much enjoyed :)"

    Thanks Pollie


    With approximately one wood mouse for every two people in the UK, they are one of its most common small mammals. However, they have many predators, including foxes, cats, owls and birds of prey and average life expectancy is just 12 months.

    0442: Pine marten's gone

    Pine martens eat small mammals and seasonally available produce such as autumn fruits and berries. They are also treetop hunters that can race skillfully along branches, leaping from tree to tree in pursuit of squirrels.


    Elaine Snaith tweets "@bbcAutumnwatch live webcam is fantastic watching when you can't sleep. Badgers galore!"


    Did you know?

    Young hedgehogs are born with soft spines under the skin to protect mum, with a second set of spines emerging within days


    Rebecca Adams tweets "#autumnwatch loving the nightime stream"

    0306: Orphan badgers

    Take a look at this too-cute video of Gordon having a go at caring for baby badgers.

    0258: Sniff sniff

    A badger is having a good old sniff about, foraging for food.

    Badgers are social creatures and live together in large underground setts, comprised of a series of interlocking tunnels with nest chambers, toilets and several entrances

    0250: Pine marten

    One of the pine martens has come to forage for food. We think we have identified it to be Spotless, given the lack of markings on it's bib.

    Found throughout most of central and northern Europe, this once heavily persecuted marten is now extinct from most of England and Wales. Their last remaining UK stronghold is in Scotland.


    If you have any autumnal photos you'd like to share with us, you can do so on our Flickr group.


    European beavers have come back from the edge of extinction. These large rodents were found all across Europe and Asia until the beginning of the 20th century when numbers in the wild were estimated at around 1,000

    0153: Crested tits

    Earlier on the show we saw some footage of the beautiful crested tit.

    In 2008 on Springwatch we had a family of crested tits, you can watch the moment that they fledged here.


    The beavers are very active tonight, at both the dam and lodge.

    On last night's show Martin went to look at trees that had been gwaned by beavers. To see them in action - take a look at this video of a beaver felling a tree.


    Shadowhive tweets "#autumnwatch beavers are so cute"

    Aren't they just!


    Lots of you enjoyed the feature on golden eagles on the show.

    Golden eagles are a magnificent sight in Britain, although not a common one. Heavily persecuted in the past, these birds are now gradually increasing in number with 400 breeding pairs thought to be in Scotland at present

    0012: Hello from the night team

    It's the night team's last shift so we're hoping for lots of animal activity. Stay with us!

    2353: Get in touch about hibernation and hedgehogs

    Have you got any questions you would like us to try and answer about hibernation and hedgehogs?

    If so, get in touch via the social media links below or simply click on the comment box and ask us your questions.

    2329: Grey seals are great
    2311: Garden bird video collection

    While we are on the topic of British birds, you can watch a fantastic video collection of garden birds here.

    2302: Explore the world of British birds

    While you are watching the beaver on the webcam, take a look round our British birds page. There are helpful guides on topics such as what to feed garden birds, as well as amazing video clips and the latest news about British birds.

    2240: Goldfinch numbers

    Jonny Slater asks: "How many goldfinch are left in the uk?"

    According the RSPB, there are 313,000 territories and 100,000 wintering birds.

    You can watch some stunning videos of the almost tropical looking goldfinch here.

    2135: Starlings: British and European

    The Autumnwatch programme showed a short film about starlings and the fact that resident British starlings numbers have declined by as much as 80%.

    Many people have been getting in touch to say they have recently seen many starlings - these are actually migrant starlings moving in to the UK in autumn from countries around Europe.

    2122: Live tawny owl survey

    We are running a live tawny owl survey here on the webcams and the red button. If you have any questions about the survey, send them in to us in the comments box.

    2112: Feeder fights

    The bird feeder camera has been really busy with lots of action during the day - although the interactions can be over in a split second and it is difficult to understand what is really going on.

    Watch this incredible slow motion video which reveals a new perspective on these beautiful birds.

    2109: Live owl survey

    We are running a live owl survey here on the webcams and the red button. If you have any questions about the survey write them in the comments box.

    2103: Seal planking

    Hayley Broad tweets: "That seal wasn't a yoga seal, it was #planking!"

    2054: The knot spectacular

    Filming this scene involved not only being in the right place at the right time, but also hoping that the fickle hand of the weather dealt the crew a dry day. Watch a flock of perhaps 120,000 knot in flight - simply breathtaking.

    2049: Superb starlings

    Paul Donnely says: "Up here in Bradford there seems to be plenty of Starlings, we get lot of them on our feeders to the extent no other birds get a look in until they have decimated the supply of mealworm."

    2036: Capercaillie attack

    Did you know: The UK capercaillie population in Scotland was introduced from Sweden in the 19th century after the local birds became extinct.

    Watch this incredible video to see a feisty male capercaillie knock Sir David Attenborough off his feet.

    2018: Get out there and enjoy autumn
    2016: Too many deer?

    Red deer have few of their natural predators left in the UK but are there too many?

    You can find out more about the controversial issue of controlling certain red deer populations in Scotland here.

    2012: Noisy neighbours
    2005: Dam builders

    The European beavers here on location have been providing some fabulous glimpses into their lives.

    But they have cousins in North America - watch this fascinating video to find out more about the incredible dam building abilities of North American beavers.

    2000: Autumnwatch is on very soon

    Switch on BBC2 now to watch the programme alongside the fantastic webcams if you can!

    1854: Mammal stump

    The wood mouse might make an appearance again soon but for now you can find out more about these fascinating little mammals here.

    1734: Colourful crows

    The jays have been a very welcome visitor to our webcams this year up near Inverness.

    People tend to only catch a glimpse of these beautiful birds and think they have seen an exotic bird such as a hoopoe.

    Watch this informative video to help tell them apart.

    1614: Chris talks birding

    Chris is joined by birding expert Scott O'Hara to answer any feathered questions you have.

    1525: Heron on the webcam

    We just caught a heron live on the webcam again! Just in time as Euan hands over to Chris and the next shift...


    Liz Fosker on Facebook says: "Bird nerd alert! Loving the live bird feeder webcams!"

    1349: Red kites

    We have spotted two red kites flying in the distance! The red kite is a striking bird of prey and is recognisable in flight by its long, narrow, black-tipped wings and deeply forked tail.


    In about 10 minutes, our presenter Euan will go through some of the webcams' highlights...


    Kaz tweets "Loving watching the birds feeding so close up on live webcam, no binoculars needed... What a treat!"


    Carolyn says: "Thank you Autumn Watch for the stunning webcams, they bring the natural world in to my very dull work day. Wonderful."

    1227: Heron

    We have just seen a heron! Herons are among the earliest nesters. It's not unusual for some birds to lay their first eggs in early February, though the normal start is early March, peaking at the end of the month.

    1223: Did you know?

    Woodpeckers have shock-absorbent tissue between the base of the bill and the skull to cushion the impact of drumming.

    1200: Wildlife sounds

    For now, we are going to leave you with the natural sounds around the estate, while we record in the truck for tonight's show.

    1103: Guest speaker

    Our next guest is Brenna, a ranger here at the estate. As many of you have asked us about what birds come to the bird feeder, she is now going through them.

    Keep sending us your questions!

    1040: Did you know?

    Robins are one of the only UK birds to be heard singing in the garden on Christmas day.

    1035: Robin

    A beautiful robin has popped up behind a branch. Hello there!


    Will Rose tweets: "I'm sorry @BBC6Music but i have had to stop listening. The @BBCAutumnwatch webcam with commentary is too good!"

    1026: All about sound

    Catch Louise talking about all the Autumnwatch microphones and sounds around the estate.

    1012: Special guest

    Shortly we will be joined by Autumnwatch sound supervisor Louise. Get any questions ready for her!


    Vivi says by email: "Stunning footage with the infra-red cameras, which are so clear. Have been glued to the live web cam. Specially enthralled with the beavers but all are wonderful. Thank you." -- Thanks for your lovely comments Vivi!


    We have spotted Lily, the female beaver! Beavers are primarily nocturnal, semi-aquatic rodents, so it is a privelege to see them during the day.

    0819: Cormorant fishing

    We have just seen a cormorant catching a fish! Cormorants feed exclusively on fish, which are caught by diving from the surface of the water.

    0810: Special guest

    Ranger Alicia Leow-Dyke will be joining us in about 10 minutes. Do you have any questions for her? Get in touch!

    0758: Badgers

    Amazing images of a badger very early this morning eating away. Badgers are nocturnal and emerge from their setts at dusk...

    0742: Good morning!

    We have started our first live commentary with presenter Euan McIlwraith this morning. It is quite chilly here, but we are getting beautiful views and sounds by the loch.


    PaulaJubilee tweets: "thank you #autumnwatch great to wake up 2 live webcam when I am all snuggled up in bed. .:-)"

    Thanks Paula - The night shift are signing off to go and climb into our beds! We leave you in the capable hands of Euan McIlwraith and the morning team.


    Remember - If you have any autumnal photos you'd like to share with us, you can do so on our Flickr group.


    In half an hour the morning team will be taking over and Euan McIlwraith will be starting off the day's live commentary. Stay tuned!


    James Langiewicz asks on Facebook: "Any ID on the calls heard a few minutes ago? somewhere around 0550"

    Hi James, Yes - It was a Tawny Owl.


    We think this pine marten might be Dice, judging from the pattern on its chest that we just caught a glimpse of.

    0610: Chilly hide-out

    Just spotted a pine marten having a forage. Although pine martens are omniverous, mice and voles make up as much as 80% of their diet.

    0559: Nesting in numbers

    We've had a few visits from wood mice in the mammal stump this morning.

    During the winter, wood mice often share sheltered nests, with up to four individuals per nest. Male home ranges overlap with those of other wood mice, but during the breeding season the females become territorial and defend exclusive ranges.

    0541: Scottish reds

    During the day, beautiful red squirrels are one of our regular webcam visitors. Here in Scotland, we are in the stronghold of the red squirrel.

    0538: Wild

    Many of you enjoyed the feature on wildcats on last night's show.

    One of the ancestors of our pet cats, wildcats are thought to be the most abundant cat species across their range, which stretches from Western Europe to India. They are very rare in the UK however, with fewer than 400 remaining in the Scottish Highlands.


    Our badger visitor earlier on had a real good sniff around foraging for food. Badgers have a different diet depending on the time of year..


    smallbird31 tweets: "waking up at 0430hrs has been a pleasant experience this week watching webcams whilst getting ready for work #Autumnwatch"

    - Glad you're enjoying them

    0528: Beaver bait

    All our infra-red cameras allow us to watch the animals all through the night.

    Beavers are agile swimmers, have a look at this video of them swimming underwater.


    Currently watching one of the beavers gnawing away at some bark. You should be able to hear it too.

    Programmes of reintroduction and protection have seen beaver populations re-establish, most recently in Scotland following their reintroduction in 2001.


    We also had a visit from a pine marten about half an hour ago.

    Found throughout most of central and northern Europe, this once heavily persecuted marten is now extinct from most of England and Wales. Their last remaining UK stronghold is in Scotland.


    We hope you saw the badger who visited about an hour ago.

    Interestingly, badgers inherit their setts from their parents, expanding and refining them with each generation. The resulting huge tunnel systems are, in some cases, centuries old.


    Apologies, we seem to have had a technical hitch with our commentary system. We hope you still enjoyed all the beaver, badger and pine marten activity though.


    Can you hear those teeth gnawing away at the branch?

    Like other rodents, beavers have long, strong front teeth that grow continuously.

    2330: Lilly's here

    We think we've got our first sight of Lilly the mother beaver.

    2237: Scent marking

    There's a pine marten on the webcams marking their teritory. There's a chance it's the new unknown male.

    2215: Beavers about

    We've got our first beaver of the evening. Chris Sperring is joined by Ali on the commentary.

    2129: Cute alert: Baby badger video!

    Suzanne from Heywood got in touch last night to say: "I really enjoyed watching the badger at 9.33pm, when the webcam zoomed in it was brilliant!" - maybe we will see it again tonight at roughly the same time.

    While we wait, why not watch a video clip of orphaned baby badgers being fed - This video comes with a warning of possibly being too cute!

    2124: Slow motion bird feeder fights
    2121: Otter-ly outstanding

    Otters can be found living around the UK coasts in marine environments as well as freshwater rivers but they are all the same species. Find out more about otters - they are otter-ly outstanding!

    2110: Tawny owl - T-wit! T-who?

    Bailey from Bradford says: "The wild cat is very interesting and please show a tawny owl please i love how they fly"

    If you are not sure what the most common and widespread of British owls even looks or sounds like, here are some fantastic videos about tawny owls to help you get to know them a bit better.

    2101: Cats on the edge

    Scottish wildcats are beautiful but very rare, with fewer than 200 estimated to be left in the Scottish Highlands. Find out more about these fabulous felines with these amazing video clips.

    2058: Practical pine martens

    Pine martens are perfectly adapted to their environment and are true arboreal hunters, leaping from tree to tree in pursuit of squirrels... but are also opportunists. Watch this amazing video of a pine marten getting a free meal.

    2031: Glorious golden eagle attack

    Although these birds are most often seen soaring high on thermals, watch a golden eagle practise the art of ambushing a deer from near ground level.

    2023: Quick swift facts

    Swifts fly at least 560 miles per day during the nesting season. They also mate and forage whilst in the air.

    2016: The small but mighty weasel

    Weasels must eat every 24 hours to avoid starvation so are active both day and night, alternating periods of activity with a few hours of rest. Find out more about these incredible predators.

    2015: Clash of the titans

    Red deer stags are impressive animals and for most of the year they live happily together. However, autumn battles for mating rights can be brutal affairs, as this brilliant video clip shows.

    2003: Beaver builders
    1950: Spiders are not so spooky - honest!

    Get to know our eight-legged arachnids a little bit better with this fantastic picture gallery of British spiders. You might find they are not all as scary as you first thought!

    1832: Get in touch

    There's a chance that wildcats might feature in tonight's show. Send us any questions you have on them.

    1726: Coming up soon

    Chris will be chatting to estate ranger, Ellie Ingleby. Send in your questions in the comments box below.

    1608: Coming soon: Interview with a wildlife cameraman

    Wildlife cameraman Lindsay McCrae will be joining us for a live chat very soon so get in touch if you have any questions about filming wildlife that you would like Lindsay to try and answer.

    Get in touch by joining the discussion - links are below.

    1529: Hand over

    Presenter Chris Sperring has now joined us, where Euan McIlwraith will reveal the highlights from this morning. Do get in touch if you have any questions for both presenters to discuss.

    1519: Grey heron

    We have spotted a grey heron hunting around the loch. Herons stand and wait patiently for the right moment to stab passing prey with their dagger-like beaks.

    1514: Spiders

    Autumn is the ideal time for spotting spiders. RSPB announces some surprising spider facts in a bid to bring people closer to nature. Here is a close up with British spiders:

    1444: Roe deer

    We caught the first images of a female roe deer on the webcams! These beautiful creatures are native to Britain, being around before the Mesolithic period (6000 to 10000 years ago).

    1414: Special guest

    Presenter Euan has been joined by the field centre manager Wawick Lister-Kaye. If you have any questions for him, then do get in touch!


    Bethany in Somerset seems to be distracted by our webcams. She says: "This is amazing!! I am supposed to be writing my university dissertation but turned on the webcams to have a quick look and now I am watching a beaver during the day!!! It has made my day! :) They are incredible animals. Very happy!!!".

    1319: Head-hunter flies
    1252: Get out there and enjoy Autumn

    There are various activities you can do during Autumn, so go out there and explore! To get you started, here are some suggestions:


    Anni Lyon from Chichester says: "Just seen a green finch .....hurrah ..... Loving being up in the highlands with you. Fantastic webcams and commentary . . This is very special."

    1148: Webcams

    Many of you have been asking whether you can flip between the cameras. There is only one live feed at a time but if you do want to see more of a particular camera or specific footage we previously recorded, then do get in touch with us.

    1142: 'If you want red squirrels, you have to kill greys'

    An interesting article in The Guardian about a project in Cornwall, aiming to 'reintroduce captive-bred reds back into grey squirrel-free exclusion zones over the next five years'.


    Hauke Lampe in Germany tweets that the whole office is watching our webcams! -- We are very happy to hear that, and glad you are enjoying them.

    1110: Did you know?

    Red squirrels shed their coats twice a year switching between a thinner coat in the summer and a darker, thicker coat in winter.

    It is thought that their long tail helps them keep their balance and steer when they are jumping from tree to tree.


    Gary asks "Was that a woodpecker just now with the red and black head? Sorry very under informed when it comes to wildlife! :)" Yes, that is correct Gary. It is in fact the great spotted woodpecker.


    John Young says "Plenty of activity on the feeders i am sure there was a great spotted woodpecker on one of them until the Squirrel came back." - Yes, you are right John! The squirrel scared the woodpecker off.


    We have just been watching a red squirrel chasing away a jay. Looks like the jay has found the squirrel's hidden food...


    Jane Hambling sent us an email saying: "How am I supposed to work with these lovely cameras on all day...Are you going to provide a summary of the best bits of the day so us worker can catch up in breaks" - Yes, we will! We will bring highlights throughout the whole day.

    0951: Guest: naturalist Alicia

    Euan is currently joined by guest speaker and naturalist Alicia. Do you have any questions for her? Send them in!

    0924: Special guest

    Autumnwatch presenter Michaela Strachan has just popped by to say good morning!


    Sally Luker on Facebook says: "Got woken up early this morning by my 7yo daughter watching the live webcams and making a list of everything she could see!"

    0731: How do beavers benefit the environment?

    We have been watching early morning footage of the beaver family with live commentator Euan McIlwraith.

    Beavers are nature's top engineers: they fell trees, build dams, and are a keystone species. Beavers create ponds and wetlands that attract other species, provide a food source for others, and even help improve water quality.


    The next shift has started and you are now joined by presenter Euan on the live commentary. If you have any questions related to the wildlife you are seeing, do send them through.


    With approximately one wood mouse for every two people in the UK, they are one of its most common small mammals.

    0640: Morning discussion

    In twenty minutes we will be joined by our live presenter Euan McIlwraith to talk through some of the night's events and answer some of your questions. So stay tuned!


    It's been quiet on the cameras for some time now. Hopefully with the sun slowly starting to rise there will be some morning birds to watch soon.


    As well as the wood mouse, the bank vole is a common visitor to the mammal stump.

    Bank voles make their nests under logs, amongst tree roots, in tree holes or underground. At this time of year, they sometimes store food for times of scarcity in the winter.


    Shelley tweets: "Thankyou @BBCAutumnwatch for helping my nightshift be more interesting. Loving watching the webcams overnight!!"


    If you have any autumnal photos you'd like to share with us, you can do so on our Flickr group.


    While it's quiet on the cameras, explore the wonderful world of British birds and find out where to see them


    One of the pine martens is back for a forgage.

    Pine martens eat small mammals and seasonally available produce such as autumn fruits and berries.


    The badgers are yet to make an appearence this morning.

    Badgers, like us, are omnivorous, although unlike us, they eat several hundred earthworms every night.


    Robert Morrison tweets: "Beautiful & special, to see a pine marten, foraging away! I studied zoology & animal behaviour has always fascinated me :)"


    Many of you liked the feature on golden eagles on last night's show.

    To see more footage of golden eagles, have a look at the BBC Nature page


    Aside the beavers, pine martens are one of our usual nighttime visitors. Scotland is the pine marten's last remaining stronghold in the UK.


    Did you know?

    Beavers are the largest rodents to live native to Europe, and the second largest in the world after the South American capybara.


    Currently watching a couple of the members of the beaver family at the dam.

    Programmes of reintroduction and protection have seen beaver populations re-establish, most recently in Scotland following their reintroduction in 2001. Here at Aigas, this family were introduced in 2006.


    Teresa tweets: "Amazing watching live webcams"

    - Glad you're enjoying them Teresa


    We're looking at the mammal stump from the outside. See if you can spot any rodents coming and going.


    Who spotted the otter?

    Otters are fast, agile swimmers. Bubbles of air trapped in their fur give them a silvery appearance underwater.

    2307: A tawny owl

    We're currently running 10 live webcams and sending you the best of the action when it happens on this single stream. We've just spotted a tawny owl.

    2236: There's an otter about

    Chris is joined by Ali and they're discussing the otter that has just turned up. These otters are elusive creatures and we're getting some very exciting glimpses of them.

    2102: We're back

    Hope you enjoyed the show? We're now back with Chris Sperring and Scott, who is the birding expert on-site.

    Send them your questions in the comments section below.


    Join us in 5 minutes on BBC2

    1818: Your questions for tonight's show

    Send in your questions for tonight's show, amongst other things we'll be covering:

    • This year's wet summer
    • Spiders
    • Swifts and swallows
    • Butterflies
    1747: Get in touch

    Chris will be joined by Sarah, the on-site education officer at 1800 GMT. Send us your questions for Sarah. Or tell us about your fondest wildlife experiences at school.

    1722: Breaking News

    We've just seen the first otter of this year's Autumnwatch.


    Chris Sperring will now be back on air at 6pm and with any regular updates before then. Stay tuned...

    1510: Chris Sperring due to join us

    The next shift is due to begin so join us at 15:15 GMT as our morning presenter Euan McIlwraith hands over to the afternoon presenter Chris Sperring with some of the best action so far today.

    If you have any questions about the wildlife you are watching that you want Euan and Chris to discuss, get in touch with us and join the discussion.

    1404: Toad vs frog

    Confused by your frogs and toads? This is a useful guide about how to tell the difference between a toad and a frog.


    We are now seeing footage from earlier today of a common toad inside the beaver lodge, doing a bit of 'house cleaning' by eating insects.


    Elaine Jones says: "Lots of activity on the webcams today. Loving the Red squirrel close ups and the commentary".

    1222: Questions

    Our presenter Euan will be here until 15:30 GMT, so do get in touch if you have any questions!


    Greg Coyne on Facebook writes: "Incredible webcams especially the close ups. Love the red squirrel cam. Well don't to all up there. You have really upped the game this time ;-)". Thank you Greg! We are glad to hear that you are enjoying them so much.

    1203: Weasel in the mammal stump

    We have just seen a weasel enter the mammal stump. We saw it go up the tree and we are waiting, just it case it comes into vision.

    1152: Breaking News

    Many of you will have seen in the news about the threat to our ash trees. If you want to do something about it, go to: and record your sightings.

    1139: Mammal stump

    We are also getting some action in the mammal stump: a vole wandering around. In the autumn, they sometimes store food for times of scarcity in the winter.

    1134: Toad!

    We have just spotted a toad in the beaver lodge.

    1045: Should wolves be reintroduced?

    Our presenter Euan and estate owner Sir John are now discussing whether wolves should be reintroduced in the UK.


    Loriana Pauli has sent us an email saying "Thank you for underlining the importance of Beavers and Wetlands!"

    1008: Beaver bio-engineers

    Sir John is now explaining the beaver demonstration here at our location and the importance of these animals for the wetland habitat.

    0946: Special guest joining us in 15 minutes

    Sir John, owner of the estate where we are based, is joining us at 10:00 GMT. Get in touch with us if you have any questions.


    Catch the squirrel action on the bird feeder now! Perfect timing as lots of you have been asking where the squirrels have gone today...


    Cherrill James on Facebook says "wonderful ,stunning first pictures of a large Beaver out in day light WOW!! thanks ," - we were all excited here too!

    0845: Breaking News

    The beaver is now outside gnawing some wood! We are all excited here to be catching this on the webcam.


    We can see one of the beavers inside the lodge, still eating away!


    We have another jay on the webcam today! Listen to Scott talk about these beautiful birds and many others. If you have questions for him, he will be here for another 5 minutes.


    Steven Dowson on Twitter asks us how many beavers there are in Scotland. There are probably over 120 Steven!


    Maddalena Cantoni tweets "I was watching the beaver last night but discover how it works today, ciao from Friuli/Italy" - happy to hear you are listening Maddalena!


    In 10 minutes, Euan will be joined by Scott, one of the rangers here. They will be talking about birds - do get in touch if you have any questions for him!

    0747: Did you know?

    Beavers are Europe's largest rodents and weigh about 18 to 20kgs. Their large front teeth (incisors) grow continuously throughout their lives.


    We are watching some footage of beavers from earlier this morning. For the first time, we were able to see one inside their lodge.


    As we were driving in this morning for our shift, we saw red deer! Hope we get to see some on our webcams too.


    Just about to start our live audio commentary with presenter Euan this morning. Stay tuned!


    Just saw one of the beavers dragging some branches through the water.

    Did you know? Beavers are the world's second-largest rodents after the capybara, with the European species slightly out-sizing its American cousin.


    Richard Phillips on Twitter is watching all the way from Dubai! - Glad you're enjoying the webcam Richard


    Lucy Jordan tweets: "Great morning @BBCAutumnwatch ! Did I just hear some stags roaring?" - Yes! We heard them too


    In just under an hour our online presenter Euan McIlwraith will be back to kick-start the morning with more live commentary

    0607: Brilliant Birds

    Explore the wonderful world of British birds and find out where to see them

    0536: Autumn Spectacular

    Ever wondered how trees create their autumn colours?

    Here, Raef Johnson from the National Arboretum in Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, explains how different species of tree put on their seasonal show.


    Clarissa Taylor on Facebook says: "Today's The Day! Welcome back!"

    Thats right - Tune in to BBC Two at 8pm for this year's first episode of Autumnwatch


    Tune in later in the morning when the daylight will bring the birds and red squirrels.

    Did you know? Red squirrels were once the only squirrel species in Europe, but this all changed when grey squirrels were introduced from America to the UK in the late 1800's.


    If you have any autumnal photos you'd like to share with us, you can do so on our Flickr group.


    We've had regular appearances from both wood mice and bank voles in the mammal stump this morning, and even a few scuffles between them!


    We've been watching the beavers at the dam all night thanks to our infra-red cameras. We don't unfortunately have a live camera to watch them swimming underwater, but take a look this video from Springwatch.


    First glimpse of a pine marten for the night shift team. Pine martens, once heavily persecuted, are now extinct from most of England and Wales. Their last remaining UK stronghold is in Scotland.


    We're yet to see any badgers since the night shift started at midnight. Have a look at this video in which Simon King analyses how badgers prepare for winter.


    What makes a beaver?

    Chris Packham examines the unique set of features that makes a beaver what it is.


    Sarah Barkham tweets: "they sure are busy beavers!"


    Both an adult beaver and one of the kits are feeding in the loch. You should be able to hear their teeth gnawing away at the bark.


    Chris Chambers on Facebook has asked: "hi guys is there anyway i can upload any photos? i have some great photos from my fishing trips this summer including herons, kingfishers, pikes ect.. :)"

    Hi Chris, you can share your photos on our Autumnwatch Flickr group.


    Don't forget to tune in to BBC Two for the first unmissable episode of this year's Autumnwatch - This evening at 8pm


    Elinor Lee on Facebook says: "Great that autumnwatch is finally up here with us. Loads to see. lots of geese, birds of prey and pine martins."


    Along with wood mice, the bank vole is also a common visitor to the mammal stump. Bank voles are active during both the night and day, but they frequently rest to preserve their energy.


    Just spotted a wood mouse coming for a forage in the mammal stump. Mainly active at night, wood mice are agile climbers, jumpers and swimmers.


    That was a male pine marten called Patch, he's about a year and a half old, and has a bushy tail.

    2313: Breaking News

    We're seeing Timber, the beaver kit entering the lodge for the first time.


    At this time of year, European beavers create food caches that they sink underwater into anaerobic conditions, so that they have a constant supply of food over the winter months.


    Paul Chapple tweets, "@BBCAutumnwatch Sometimes you forget just how much goes on in darkness, these cameras open that world."


    Doug Innes tweets, "@BBCAutumnwatch can I just say that that watching this beaver live, nibbling a tree, is so rad it is almost impossible to comprehend."


    Back to incredible scenes of a beaver taking on a substantially sized log.


    We've been joined by a badger, known here as Frasier


    Alicia has confirmed we are watching Gnaw gnaw.


    Niamh Dixon asks "Where else can pine martens be found except for Scotland?"

    The pine marten is now extinct from most of England and Wales but they can be found throughout Western Europe. In Scotland numbers are increasing.


    Alex Whittaker asks, "is the pine marten a member of the weasel/ ferret family?"

    Yes Alex, they are all members of the weasel / mustelid family.


    This young kit has been named Gnaw by the team on the estate. You can tell which one it is by the long eye-lashes.


    The beavers are back at the dam.


    The noise we are hearing is the wind which has really picked up tonight.


    Welcome back Spots, the pine marten.


    A pine marten is back


    Chris and Brenna are back on air discussing beavers.


    Marie Robertson says on Twitter "gorgeous pine marten on #Autumnwatch webcam."


    Watch clips of more pine martens.


    Chris is now joined by one of the Aigas rangers, Brenna.


    Did you catch the sneak peak of our bank vole just then? Keep watching... Chris is preparing to answer your questions.

    1648: Background bird call

    Chris Sperring is now listening to the background noises around the bird feeders.


    With dusk closing in, we're just checking out the trees near the bird feeders to see who's still about.

    1618: Brilliant birds

    Explore the wonderful world of British birds and find out where to see them.

    1533: Cormorants

    We saw cormorants today too! These birds have an almost primitive appearance with their long neck. Like we saw on the webcams, it is quite common to see them standing with their wings held out to dry.

    1525: Highlights

    Our presenter Euan has now been joined by Chris Sperring. Follow the audio commentary while they play out our webcam highlights from this morning - what have been your favourite moments from today?


    Paula on Twitter says "stop these cameras, I am engrossed, will be here all day.... love it."

    1407: Crested tits

    We are also hoping to see crested tits on the bird feeder. Here is a clip from Bill Oddie goes Wild with these beautiful birds in a wet Scottish forest. In fact, the Scottish crested tits are considered to be sub-species, as they are isolated from those on mainland Europe.


    Katy on Twitter says "cant take my eyes off the birdfeeder, its amazing to watch, i love wildlife :)"


    The great spotted woodpecker seems to be enjoying the seeds on the bird feeder.

    1328: Woodpeckers on the bird feeder

    You can see great spotted woodpeckers on our webcams now! They are the most widespread and numerous woodpeckers in the UK. Males have a distinctive red patch on the back of the head and young birds have a red crown.


    Fascinated by our small furry friends? The Mammal Society is undertaking a Mini Mammal Monitoring programme to study numbers of harvest mice and field voles among others. Find out how to get involved


    Vicky on Twitter says "difficult to work when I'm too busy watching red squirrels and birdies". We are happy that you are enjoying our webcams!


    We just spotted a brambling on the bird feeder too! They are similar in size and shape to the chaffinch.

    1037: Bird feeder

    Our bird feeder is quite busy with chaffinches, coal tits, robins, greenfinches to just name a few.

    1010: Jay

    We spotted a jay this morning, the most colourful member of the crow family. These birds play an important role in the spread of oak woodlands by burying a thousand nutritious nuggets each year.

    0954: Special guest

    Our presenter Euan is joined by guest Michaela Strachan.

    0640: Dawn Chorus

    It's getting light and the birds are breaking the night's silence.

    0600: Red Button

    We're live on Red Button now. Be sure to tune in after 7am when our presenter Euan Mcilwraith will be kicking off the day's live commentary.


    Spotted him! Be sure to turn up the volume so you can hear those teeth working away.


    We can hear a beaver gnawing away. Just having a pan around to see if we can find it...

    0450: Mammal Stump is busy tonight

    To avoid becoming a meal, wood mice make spectacular leaps, have good night vision, and even shed the end of their tail if caught.


    Beavers create their own canals to transport building materials around their territory.


    A bank vole is making the odd visit to the mammal stump. Not keen to stick around for long though!

    0326: Wood Mouse in the Mammal Stump

    With approximately one wood mouse for every two people in the UK, they are one of its most common small mammals.

    0301: Badger

    Can you hear the badger having a good old sniff around?


    Don't forget to tune back in at 7 when we'll be kicking off the day with our live web and red button presenter Euan.


    One of the beavers is back at the dam.

    Did you know? European beavers have come back from the edge of extinction.


    Looks like the beavers have left our sights for a while. Until they make another appearance, have a look at this video of a beaver swimming underwater.

    0148: Global audience

    Gemma on Twitter says "Watching the webcam from Oz and feeling mighty homesick now, can't wait to get home! Beautiful Scotland!"


    The beavers look like they are both happily munching away


    Carol on Twitter tells us she's watching the webcam in North Carolina.

    2331: Chris Sperring signing off

    Chris will be back shortly with a look at some spectacular pictures that you have sent in.

    2317: Send us your photos

    Do you have any autumnal photos of the UK animals featured on the webcams today? Send them to us.

    2255: Welcome back to beaver cam

    Alicia says that we are now watching a two year old beaver known as Tatty.

    2221: Get in touch

    Send us your questions about beavers or any of the other wildlife you have seen on the webcams on Facebook or Twitter.

    2202: On the audio

    Chris and Alicia are back to discuss the webcam activity.

    2132: More on beaver reintroduction

    Watch a clip from the Animal's guide to Britain about the British Beaver's return.

    2118: Live chat

    Chris is currently joined by Alecia, one of the on-site naturalists on location here.


    ... and here it is.

    2024: Beaver cam back on

    We are still waiting for the pine martens to turn up so have switched back to beaver cam.

    2016: Awaiting some pine martens

    We are checking the beaver cam at the moment so have switched to pine marten cam - let us know if you spot one!

    1947: Beaver cam is popular

    Oliver Dodson tweets "Great live webcam at the moment it's good to see the beavers."

    1938: Beavers are back... but with no sound

    No sooner had the camera come down, we ended up getting it back up but unfortunately there is no sound for the moment... a few minor technical problems!

    1935: Beaver cam down

    We have lost our beaver cam for the moment so we have switched to the mammal stump.

    1921: Breaking News

    The beavers have made their first appearance.

    1849: Breaking News

    and here's our pine marten.


    On this camera, we are hoping for a pine marten...


    Chris and Euan will return on the audio commentry at 7pm, but the cameras will keep rolling.


    You are listening to Euan McIlwraith and Chris Sperring.

    1754: Breaking News

    Join us in a few minutes live from the Scottish Highlands.

    1144: Breaking News

    You can catch our webcams live now until noon, while we're testing... Back live at 6pm.


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