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Stephanie Colderick

BBC's Autumnwatch 2022: Presenters, start time, locations and how long the new series runs for

It is time to cwtch up and get cosy as the nights draw in and BBC's Autumnwatch is back. The series will kick off on Tuesday, October 25 and will show what is happening in nature this autumn.

The hedgerows will be full of life from animals making their nests to blackberries, rose hips, crab apples and hazelnuts growing ready for harvest. Many of our much-loved creatures take advantage of this wild harvest to build up reserves of fat for migration or for hibernation.

With an over-arching theme of ‘The Changing Face of Autumn’, Autumnwatch will present a vision of a season which has changed dramatically in the wake of climate change. The show will be based in different locations across the UK, including in Cardigan Bay in Wales.

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The new series will begin on Tuesday, October 25 at 8pm on BBC Two. Here is everything you need to know about the new series.

Who are the Autumnwatch 2022 presenters?

Returning to the show are Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham, who are regulars on the series. Michaela has presented Autumnwatch since 2011 and Chris since 2009.

They will be joined by Welsh presenter Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke. Iolo joined the team more recently in 2019 and has also had his own TV shows including Iolo's Great Welsh Parks and Iolo's Snowdonia.

Gillian has been presenting Autumnwatch since 2017 and studied biology at Bristol University before working for the BBC.

Where will Autumnwatch be filmed?

The series will be split across two main locations with Chris and Michaela at Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk and Iolo and Gillian at the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve and Cardigan Bay in Wales. Iolo and Gillian will be looking out for starlings performing murmurations, and wildfowl, notably teal, wigeon, mallard, sika, badgers, foxes, red kites, kingfishers and little egrets.

In the water they will be looking out for otters, water shrews, lamprey, stickleback, mullets, eel, sewin, salmon, frogs, toads and bottlenose dolphins as Cardigan Bay is Europe's largest bottlenose dolphin population. In Norfolk, Chris and Michaela will be looking at the devastating effects wildfire had on the area in the summer of 2022.

There will also be live cameras set up at Wild Ken Hill and the cameras overlooking the river will hope to catch otters, red deer and tawny owls. In the woods, the team are hoping to catch a glimpse of the five of the six species of deer found in Britain who live at Wild Ken Hill and there will be a big focus on the beavers who are building their damn in the beaver pond.

Autumnwatch start time and how many episodes

The new series of Autumnwatch will begin on Tuesday, October 25 at 8pm on BBC Two. There will be four episodes in the series, each filmed live from location and episodes will be one hour 15 minutes to an hour long.

The presenters will be hosting the show live from their locations as they hope to show viewers what the wildlife is up to as they watch. The episodes will also include pre-recorded content that was filmed across the UK in locations including the Cambrian mountains, London and Chelmsford.

Autumnwatch will be aired at 8pm on BBC Two every night from Tuesday, October 25 to Friday, October 28.


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