Autumn is upon us, with its cool temperatures and shorter days. And that means just one thing – it’s time for Autumnwatch. Hitting our screens for four days at the end of October, the team will once again be bringing us the best of the UK’s autumnal spectacles.


This year, the programme has an overarching theme of The Changing Face of Autumn, with the team examining the impact of climate change on our wildlife. After a summer of heatwaves and wildfires, how have our animals and plants fared – and what does this mean for the future?

When is Autumnwatch on TV?

Autumnwatch returns to our screens for four days from Tuesday 25th October at 8pm on BBC Two, until Friday 28th October.

Who is presenting Autumnwatch?

Springwatch presenters: Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke. © Jo Charlesworth/BBC
Autumnwatch presenters: Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke. © Jo Charlesworth/BBC

Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will be returning to Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk. Once a traditional farm, it’s now being rewilded and they will be on the lookout for small mammals and winter migrants, such as redwings and fieldfares. Part of the farm suffered from wildfires this year – they’ll see how it’s recovering.

Over in Wales, Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke will be at Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve and Cardigan Bay looking for murmurating starlings, wildfowl, otters, deer and bottlenose dolphins.

What is the Autumn Watchlist?

The Autumn Watchlist is a list of signs of autumn for Autumnwatch viewers to look out and share on social media (using the hashtag #AutumnWatchlist).

They are split into three categories – easy (such as migrating geese and ivy flowers), medium (such as redwings and caching squirrels), and hard (such as hedgehogs and pintails).

Different time of the year? Check out our guides to everything you need to know about the other 'Watches': Autumnwatch and Winterwatch.


Main image: Red squirrel. © Getty


Megan ShersbyEditorial and digital co-ordinator, BBC Wildlife

Naturalist and writer