This year Autumnwatch has returned, click here to read the latest article for 2016.
BBC’s fantastic Autumnwatch 2015 is on its way and will begin on Monday 2nd November and last until Thursday 5th November. It’s a great time to get thinking about nature in the UK, and of course in your back gardens and all the birds you could attract and observe. It is, as Shakespeare described it, the season when ‘bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang’, a time of beautiful sunsets and fields shrouded in majestic fog, yet that time ‘as the death-bed wereon it must expire’.
Last year saw a plethora of advice, hints and tips, and of course lots of photos and videos submitted by people across the UK – in fact, the official BBC Autumnwatch Flickr page is here, and no doubt many more new photos for 2015 will be added here. You can also keep an eye on Autumnwatch on the official BBC Autumnwatch 2015 page here as well as the Autumnwatch 2015 live feed.
Autumnwatch 2015 will be broadcast live from the west coast of Scotland, with its set up at the WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre near Dumfries. The Caerlaverock Wildfowl & Wetland Trust reserve attracts thousand of wild birds over Autumn, and offers a unique opportunity to observe wildlife from places as far away as Greenland, Scandanavia and Iceland. Once a working farm, Caerlaverock has since been developed into a huge reserve of saltmarsh and wetland habitats.
What can you expect from Caerlaverock?
There is a lot of wildlife action to be discussed and talked about from Caerlaverock this year, but some of the key highlights include:
Starlings: this wonderful and well-known ‘garden bird’ will arrive in late October, a time when they will go into roost. The BBC team will focus on the wonderful murmurations product by starlings as they flock together.
Triops: a tiny and ancient crustacean; in fact, Caervalock in one of only two places in the world where these can be located
Who will present Autumnwatch 2015?
On BB2, presenters Chris Packham, Micaheala Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will be the key ‘observers’ and reporting back to us with lots of wonderful wildlife action. This time around, the series will examine varying weather conditions and how our wildlife is subsequently affected. One key question is why it is that this year’s autumn is different from others.
You can also catch up on TV with Red Button & Online, where live cameras will broadcasting live action, including a badger cams, pond cams and underwater cams (with an emphasis on otters). Check out the BBC blog post here.
You will find many of the usual garden inhabitants, such as blackbirds, robins and blue tits, but you may be surprised to find that these aren’t the same birds as those over Spring during the breeding and fledgling seasons. They are more likely to have migrated from colder climates in countries further north of the UK. These birds will of course require similar types of food, but with the season entering a much colder time you will want to consider higher energy foods such as suet fat balls and peanuts.