TV cameras back at bird haven

Autumnwatch returns to BBC Two at the end of October.
Autumnwatch returns to BBC Two at the end of October.

Hit TV nature series Autumnwatch is returning to the area.

Nightly episodes of the show will air live from RSPB Leighton Moss at Silverdale from October 28-31. The programmes will be shown from 8pm on BBC2.

Autumnwatch, hosted by Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games, first visited the Silverdale nature reserve last October for four episodes.

It was chosen by producers as the best location in northern England to demonstrate the theme of migration.

Packham, known for his work on The Really Wild Show, said at the time: “This reserve is fantastic and it’s been brilliantly managed and sculpted by the reserve’s managers and the RSPB for years to provide a rich mosaic of habitats to support the greatest biodiversity of life that it can.”

Annabel Rushton, RSPB Leighton Moss marketing officer, said: “It’s been massive.

“The viewing figures were a couple of million people tuning in every night. We had more than double the visitors we expected during half-term and visitor numbers have continued to be high.”

Autumnwatch, along with Springwatch and Winterwatch, charts the fortunes of British wildlife during the changing seasons.