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BBC's Autumnwatch - Monday 2nd November

Posted by Luci Ackers on Nov 02, 2015
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It's that time of year again, and Autumnwatch is returning to our screens as of Monday 2nd November 2015 on BBC2.

Autumnwatch continues to be a firm favourite with wildlife lovers across the UK. Taking place, this year from the incredible location of Caerlaverock Wetland Centre in south-west Scotland, the 4-part series will be filming live from Monday through to Thursday 5th November from their temporary onsite studio and around and about the beautiful grounds.

The nature of the programme is what makes it so popular. Live reporting over a series of evenings means the viewers can really get involved with the action. We get to see all the goings on as they're unfolding and each year a new wildlife site or reserve is chosen as the base. The programme aims to show us viewers just how much goes on outside our windows, no matter the time of year. Focussing on a few selected animals each season, we get to follow their journey throughout the week and see how they prepare for the cold months ahead of them.

This year Autumnwatch is looking particularly at Caerlaverock's wildfowl, badgers and otters, with some wonderful close-ups of their nocturnal behaviour. Elsewhere we catch beautiful red deer as they enter their rutting season and see some of Britain's most powerful birds of prey. At this time of year swans and geese flood the country and Caerlaverock is wonderfully situated to receive winter migrants. The wetland centre is located in a coastal area of southern Scotland in an inlet of the Irish sea; those birds migrating south from Scandinavia and the Arctic find it an ideal stop-off before their long haul further south to Spain or northern Africa.

The reserve is 1,400 acres and is most famous for its extensive flocks of barnacle and pick-footed geese and swans, particularly at his time of year when they come in their tens of thousands. Owls, natterjack toads, ospreys and badgers are just some of the other residents here. There are various woodland and river trails to wander as well as daily swan feeds to watch or knowledgeable guides in the hides to speak to. You can find out all about what there is to see and do by visiting their website: www.wwt.org.uk/caerlaverock

To visit the reserve yourself it is only an hour and a half from Braithwaite in the Lake District. But even closer is the Solway Coast AONB. This protected patch of coastline in Cumbria is located just on the other side of the River Esk estuary to Caerlaverock where the water meets the Irish Sea. The Solway Coast AONB is just 45 minutes from Braithwaite and is a beautiful coastal landscape that receives many of the same migrating visitors as the wetland centre. Take a look at the website: www.solwaycoastaonb.org.uk

Or find out how to stay in the Lake district at Braithwaite Court for yourself by following the link below.

Remember to watch Autumnwatch Monday 2nd November 9.00 pm.

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Luci Ackers
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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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