Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch are annual BBC television series which chart the fortunes of British wildlife during the changing of the seasons in the United Kingdom. The programmes are broadcast live from locations around the country in a primetime evening slot on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. They require a crew of 100 and over 50 cameras, making them the BBC's largest British outside broadcast events. Many of the cameras are hidden and operated remotely to record natural behaviour, for example, of birds in their nests and badgers outside their set.
14 January 2013
BBC Natural History Unit
Chris Packham (2013–)
Martin Hughes-Games (2013–)
Michaela Strachan (2013–)
BBC Media Centre
Tales of survival return to BBC Two this January, as Winterwatch launches a new series of live reports from the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland.
Over four days, from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 January, presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will be reporting on whatever this winter has in store for our British wildlife, revealing the lengths they go in order to survive the cold, wind and wet. This year, across the series the team hope to encounter some of the UK’s most elusive species and to bring viewers a new experience of the season’s wildlife.
Winterwatch 2016 will capture the experience of winter wildlife in one of the most challenging locations in the United Kingdom.
Returning to the Scottish Highlands, the series will keep the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge as its studio base, but the team will roam further afield than in previous years, covering wildlife stories in some of the remotest regions of the Highland.
Mar Lodge is officially one of the coldest places in the UK. From here the team will report on all the local wildlife characters using a mix of remote cameras, live expeditions and scientific revelations.
New for 2016, roving presenter Martin Hughes-Games will travel higher up into the mountain wilderness, getting as close as possible to a range of upland species such as ptarmigans, and black grouse. Martin will brave the blizzards and wind to explore new levels of extreme, wintry television.
Also new for 2016 will be a wildlife safari from the upper reaches of the River Dee, where hardy dippers and red deer brave extreme temperatures, past Mar Lodge in the middle section of the river where otters make their home.
The accent this year is on some of our most elusive animals as Chris, Martin and Michaela delve into the behavioral science behind our rarely seen wild cats as well as the super shy capercaillie. Meanwhile down in East Anglia, presenter Iolo Williams will be on the trail of another rarely seen mammal - the water deer - as it enters its winter rutting period.
Winterwatch will bring viewers the latest wildlife stories as they happen across the country, while Winterwatch’s sister programme Unsprung will broadcast live on BBC Red Button over three nights, with Chris Packham. Chris will be hosting an informal and sometimes irreverent celebration of our wildlife through guest interviews, viewers’ stories, photos and videos, all aimed at getting people outdoors to enjoy the season for themselves.