Winterwatch returns to Wild Ken Hill in Snettisham
Winterwatch from Wild Ken Hill in Snettisham returns to BBC2 from tonight (January 18), for two weeks.
The stories of this winter will be revealed by presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan, live for their third season from the rewilded farm.
Elsewhere, Iolo Williams will return to the show after missing Autumnwatch, stationed on the Isle of Mull and zoologist and conservationist Megan McCubbin will be stationed at WWT Castle Espie in Northern Ireland.
Chris and Michaela will be exploring a whole host of wildlife, both from near to them in the east of England and also stories from further afield in the UK.
They’ll be comparing the UK’s mustelid populations, looking at stoats, weasels, pine martens and a group of polecats found just down the coast from them in Norfolk.
They’ll also be looking at the story of Arctic Char in Ennerdale and how this amazing the ice-age fish once on the brink of extinction in 2005 is now thriving – thanks to local conservation efforts.
Chris will be visiting a long-eared owl roost to see for himself the UK’s rarest owl species.
Michaela will be exploring the wildlife that survives inside our trees in Winter and together Chris and Michaela will be discussing the sometimes-controversial subject of what we should be feeding our garden birds throughout the winter season and beyond.
There will be a live fixed-rig daytime camera on the grazing marsh to witness the huge array of wading birds that feed there; widgeon, teal, curlew, oystercatchers and pink footed geese.
They will also have cameras in the beaver enclosure and have plans to maybe try to put a camera inside the lodge.
There will be cameras on the river to capture otters, goshawks and herons and they will have the usual array of winter experiments to see what we can understand about the feeding habits of our favourite passerine birds, yellowhammers, linnets and reed buntings.
Bird feeders for blue tits, great tits, coal tits, nuthatches, jays, chaffinch, greenfinch and robins will be filmed and they will be experimenting with putting a carcass out to see how the animals that visit it differ from those in Mull but they are hoping for buzzards, corvids, foxes and possibly tawny owls.
Winterwatch regular Gillian Burke is unable to be part of the live presenting team but she’s recorded a couple of films for us in the Cotswolds and the South-West and she will be back presenting live for Springwatch 2022.
Winterwatch will be relaunching its Winter Watchlist – a list of species that you can look out for when you’re out and about. Some are easy, some more challenging but whether you live in a woodland, coastal or urban location there will be something for everyone.