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It's Halloween week and Autumnwatch is back, celebrating the very best of the UK's wildlife.
1st November 2019 at 8:00PM
It is Halloween week and Autumnwatch is back with four 60-minute programmes, celebrating all the very best of our UK wildlife.
Broadcasting live from the Dell of Abernethy in the Cairngorms, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams (pictured right) profile this stunning wilderness in its most technicolour season, finding out what autumn means for the iconic wildlife and the animals that live here. In this the first programme, they explain exactly what autumn is and how it came to be. Astronaut Tim Peake explains how autumn was born four and a half billion years ago, thanks to a giant collision in space and we meet the Yorkshire GP who has befriended a colony of North Sea seals.
There's a report on the results of the Watch's largest ever attempted citizen science project Gardenwatch, completed in conjunction with the British Trust for Ornithology and The Open University.
Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan (pictured right), Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams are live from the Cairngorms National Park, where overnight events have already created dramas. The team look at how seasonal changes have shaped autumn 2019. Michaela embarks on a wild goose chase and the camera team are on a mission to find a deer rut deep in the Abernethy Forest.
Chris Packham (pictured right), Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams return with another hour-long live programme from the Cairngorms National Park. It's Halloween, so time to reveal the wild secrets of Troll Mountain on the Island of Rum. Chris confirms the surprising science inside an antler and the team go hunting for Britain’s biggest spider.
Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke (pictured right) and Iolo Williams end their week-long adventure in the Cairngorms. In this episode, they look at the autumns of the future and discover encouraging news about Scottish wildcats.
Gillian shares her amazing encounter with an 8ft blue shark and there's an update on Cairngorms Connect - Britain’s Great Landscape restoration project.
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