Wild autumn

Autumn - a time of great change, of breathtaking migrations, of high drama. Its calmer moments of gorgeous light and rich colours contrast with the wild storms and cold snaps challenging wildlife's survival instincts.

It's this combination of natural beauty and wild drama that makes filming our autumns so spectacular and exciting, as these video clips from Autumnwatch and other BBC wildlife programmes show.

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Animals in this collection

  • A female Atlantic salmon underwater Atlantic salmon

    Atlantic salmon are truly magnificent fish.

  • Adult barnacle goose in flight Barnacle goose

    Barnacle geese migrate to Britain and Ireland in the winter, to escape the harsher...

  • Portrait of a river trout Brown trout

    Brown trout start life on a diet of invertebrates, but later on some of them switch to...

  • Badger in the grass (c) Austin Thomas Badger

    Badgers are nocturnal...

  • Garden spider with insect prey Garden spider

    The European garden spider with its poignant life cycle and familiar orb web is the most...

  • Hedgehog on a path (c) Chas Moonie Hedgehog

    Hedgehogs are the only British mammal with spines.

  • A dog otter amongst sea weed (c) Davy Renney Otter

    Otters are inquisitive, playful and intelligent, often appearing to take childlike...

  • Starling on a tree branch (c) Ian Mitchell Starling

    Although seen in their millions in the spectacular winter aerial displays, starlings...

  • Fallow deer stag with antlers (c) Mike Warburton Fallow deer

    Fallow deer are a widespread species of deer in

  • Portrait of a grey seal (c) Sam Eklund Grey seal

    Grey seals are the largest breeding seals found in the

  • Green woodpecker on a stone (c) Paul Green Green woodpecker

    Green woodpeckers are the largest and most colourful woodpeckers native to Britain.

  • Earthworms Earthworms

    Earthworms are the world's unsung heros.

  • Mountain hare in white winter coat stting on dark ground Mountain hare

    Mountain hares have evolved to change colour from dappled shades of brown to white,...

  • Wasp spider in its web with dewdrops Orb weavers

    Orb weaver spiders are the makers of the classic orb webs frequently seen in gardens,...

  • Osprey in flight with fish (c) Chris Wilson Osprey

    Ospreys are some of the most widespread

  • Avocet landing in water Avocet

    Avocets are famous as the RSPB's emblem and are a remarkable conservation story.

  • Red-billed chough flying Red-billed chough

    Red-billed choughs are acrobatic members of the crow family that have unique, bright...

  • Red deer stag in the mist (c) James Morris Red deer

    Red deer are the largest of the UK's resident deer species.

  • Knots feeding at low tide Knot

    Knots, known as red knots in America as a result of their lovely red summer plumage, are...

  • Red squirrel eating a nut (c) Peter Trimming Red squirrel

    Instantly recognisable by their red fur, ear tufts and long, fluffy tails, red squirrels...

  • Portrait of a ptarmigan (c) Sandra Standbridge Ptarmigan

    Ptarmigans are possibly Britain's toughest birds and live in the cold, harsh

  • Two rooks perched on fence post Rook

    Rooks often earned the ire of farmers for their omnivorous diet which includes seeds and...

  • Short beaked dolphins jumping out of the water Short-beaked common dolphin

    Common short-beaked dolphins are the most numerous dolphins in the world, and can be...

  • Sika stag in autumn Sika deer

    Sika deer are excellent swimmers, readily taking to water to escape predators.

  • Tawny owl landing on a tree stump (c) Phil Winter Tawny owl

    Tawny owls are the most common and widespread of British owls.

  • A displaying Bewick's swan Bewick's swan

    It takes a good eye to tell the difference between Bewick's swans and

  • A white-tailed eagle over water (c) Kevin Robson White-tailed sea eagle

    White-tailed sea eagles are found near large bodies of water and coastlines across...

  • A pair of whooper swans in flight through fog over water Whooper swan

    Whooper swans are large migratory birds that often fly in large 'V' formations.

  • Wildcat stalking on edge of a pine forest Wildcat

    One of the ancestors of our pet cats, wildcats are thought to be the most abundant cat...

Plants in this collection

  • An ancient beech tree in its autumn colours Common beech

    Common beeches are beautiful woodland and landscape trees at any time of year.

  • English oak tree in a field with a rainbow English oak

    English oaks are a symbol of great strength and endurance.

Habitats in this collection

  • European oak woodland in autumn Oak wood

    Oak woods are dominated by both sessile and pedunculate oak trees.

  • Mussels in the intertidal zone of the Atlantic coast Intertidal zone

    Intertidal zones lie on the shore between the high and low tide marks.

  • Bodmin Moor in late evening light Moorland

    Moorlands are upland areas with acidic, low-nutrient and often water-logged soils.

  • European beechwood in pale autumnal sunlight Broadleaf forest

    Broadleaf forests are the dominant habitat of the UK and most of temperate northern...

  • Alaskan tundra in autumn colours Tundra

    Tundra is the cold, treeless region around the poles that has permafrost as one of its...

  • World map of urban areas. The brightest areas are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. Urban

    Urban habitats are areas dominated by human activities and human constructions.

Adaptations in this collection

  • Discarded antlers lie on the Alaskan plains Shedding body parts

    Shedding body parts, or abscission which means cutting away, is the process by which...

  • Wildebeest migration in Kenya Migration

    Migration is the usually seasonal movement of animals in pursuit of food, suitable...

  • A hidden stargazer fish looking out of the sand Camouflage

    Camouflage is the art of not being seen, practised by predators, prey and plants.

  • Mole peering out of its burrow Burrower

    Burrowing, or fossorial, animals live underground and for a variety of reasons.

  • A chimpanzee making a pant hoot call Acoustic communication

    Acoustic communication is the sending and receiving of messages using sound.

  • Japanese macaque cuddling her two-week-old baby Maternal care

    Maternal care is where the mother of the offspring provides most or all of the effort...

  • A red-fronted brown lemur climbs on a tree at night Nocturnal

    Nocturnal animals are primarily active at night rather than during daylight hours.

  • Long-beaked common dolphins circling a sardine baitball Predator

    Predators are creatures that catch and kill other animals for food.

  • A shoal of fish Swarming

    Swarming happens when animals gather or travel together in large numbers.