BBC Autumnwatch 2016

BBC Autumnwatch 2016 will this year be held at the RSPB Arne reserve in Dorset, hosted by the usual “gang” of English naturalists and nature buffs, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games.

BBC Arne is a hugely popular nature reserve home to a multitude of stunning species, including 22 species of dragonfly and some Dartford warblers. You can read more about the Arne reserve here.

Promised to be packed full of entertainment, this 10th anniversary celebration of Autumnwatch takes a deep dive into some of the most glorious naturalist wonders of the United Kingdom, including the ever mesmerizing Starling murmurations, the characteristic Crested tit as well as the Arctic tern, an amazing sea-faring bird that travels as much as 44,000 miles in a single year – you can read more about the Arctic tern here: The Story of the Arctic tern.

As tradition dictates, the schedule of each particular day is kept as secret, but we do know when and some of the birds featured in the show.

See below.

BBC Autumnwatch show times


Day Date Time
Monday 24th October 8pm
Tuesday 25th October 8pm
Wednesday 26th October 9pm
Thursday 27th October 8pm

Featured animals

  • Crested tit
  • Hobby chick
  • Arctic tern – read our “Story of the Arctic tern
  • Jay
  • Barnacle geese
  • Heron
  • Spoonbill
  • Barn owl
  • Curlew
  • Pink footed geese
  • Starling murmuration – see our murmuration infographic
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Short-eared owl


No matter what digital platform you prefer to use, you’ll be able to keep up to date with all the Autumnwatch entertainment in October. Follow below.

  1. BBC Autumnwatch 2016 Twitter
  2. BBC Autumnwatch 2016 Instagram
  3. BBC Autumnwatch 2016 Flickr
  4. BBC Autumnwatch 2016 Facebook