Autumnwatch

 

After a fantastic visit in 2014, we were very pleased to welcome Autumnwatch back again in 2015.

From Tuesday 28 October to Friday 31 October 2014, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games followed the stories of the UK's wildlife in autumn, broadcasting live from Leighton Moss, just a couple of miles away from Number 43. Nick Baker presented the ‘Unsprung’ programme.

Set within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Leighton Moss was right at the heart of the action. Autumnwatch react to stories as they happen, and report on the latest wildlife news from across the country. The series is truly multiplatform, round the clock, streaming wildlife action live on the web and on BBC Red Button. This year Autumnwatch aims to be more interactive than ever, inspiring everyone to share their stories, photos and videos, and get outdoors to enjoy the season for themselves.

On the edge of Morecambe Bay, this area is where thousands of migrant waders gather in the autumn months; otters and kingfishers hunt for fish in the reserve’s reed beds, and rare species such as bitterns and bearded tits prepare for winter.

Other highlights included:

  • Starlings – Viewers will see a flock of up to 100,000 starlings roost on the reserve, gathering in huge numbers and making incredible patterns and shapes as they pick their spot to spend the night as the sun sets.
  • Red deer – Are the largest residents of the reserve, and cameras will follow them as they rut among the reed beds. The males will go head to head for the right to mate with the females, bellowing across the reserve at one another and locking antlers in battle
  • Scenes showcasing the huge flocks of oystercatchers, knot and turnstones as they gather to feed in the rich mud out on Morecambe Bay
  • The fascinating transformation of the leaves on the rugged hills around the reserve as they change colour
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