As the leaves turn brown and the temperature drops, the time is upon us for a new series of Autumnwatch. Starting on October 23rd, the much-loved nature show will return to its Springwatch home at the National Trust’s Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire, nestled among the rolling vistas of the idyllic Cotswolds. It will, we’re glad to hear, be hosted by the familiar faces of Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games.
Sherbourne Park East is a popular nature reserve and estate, which lies around 10 miles northeast of Cirencester. The reserve, which is made up of protected farmland, ancient water meadows, parkland and riverbanks, is home to some of the UK’s most unusual bird and wildlife species, including kingfishers, red kites and rare farmland birds such as yellowhammers and corn buntings.
The new series promises to explore a variety of the UK’s most unique birdlife, including the striking European bee-eater, which made a surprise return to the UK shores this summer. The team will also explore one of wildlife’s greatest migrations, pitting the swan against the goose in the ultimate Autumnal race.
We can expect to return to some familiar characters from Springwatch 2017, including a family of barn owls and kestrels which the BBC team left prior to the fledgling season in June.
The schedule on each particular day is always a secret, but we do have an idea of the birds we can expect to see in this season’s series.