When is Winterwatch on TV?

Winterwatch is heading north to Scotland to watch and film the wonderful wildlife of the Cairngorms National Park.

Red deer in the snow in the Scottish Highlands. © James Silverthorne/Getty

When is Winterwatch on?

Winterwatch 2019 airs from Tuesday 29 January for four episodes.

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Where is Winterwatch this year?

This year, the Winterwatch team will be heading to the Scottish Highlands to follow local wildlife through the harshest of seasons.

2019 will also be only the second time that the team will be returning to the same location for Springwatch and Autumnwatch, too, to find out how species and individual animals cope over the course of the year. 

Setting up base in the wilds of the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest National Park, across four days, there is plenty to try and capture on camera.

“I’m so excited to be going to the Cairngorms,” says presenter Michaela Strachan. “The wildlife always delivers – from mountain hare and wildcat to pine marten and red squirrel.”

“The Highlands have a wonderful diversity of wildlife and habitats. It’s one of those places in the UK where you can really connect with the natural environment.”

Mountain hare in the snow. © Craig Jones Wildlife Photography
Mountain hare in the snow. © Craig Jones Wildlife Photography

What wildlife will Winterwatch be focussing on?  

For those who enjoy their wildlife on the wing, the Cairngorms’ mix of broadleaf and evergreen woodlands will hopefully maximise on the number of bird sightings in the area, including larger raptors.

“White-tailed eagles are the biggest birds in the UK, and we hope they will be big stars for us in Scotland, too, along with their slightly smaller, golden cousins,” says series producer Chris Howard.

“Both species will be starting to think about nesting as Winterwatch goes to air, and we will be trying to get images of them to introduce them as stars who we will return to throughout the year.” 

White-tailed eagle in flight, photographed in Skye, Scotland. © Pete Cairns/2020Vision/Scotland: The Big Picture
White-tailed eagle in flight, photographed in Skye, Scotland. © Pete Cairns/2020Vision/Scotland: The Big Picture

So, as temperatures drop and the Highlands become thick with snow, learn about the species that endure these conditions, from the comfort of your sofa. 

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Which presenters are on Winterwatch this year?

Gillian Burke, Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan return as the main presenters at the base, with a number of roving presenters reporting in from around the UK.

Gillian Burke. © BBC/Jo Charlesworth
Gillian Burke. © BBC/Jo Charlesworth
Chris Packham. © BBC/Jo Charlesworth
Chris Packham. © BBC/Jo Charlesworth
Michaela Strachan. © BBC/Jo Charlesworth
Michaela Strachan. © BBC/Jo Charlesworth

Watch the trailer for Winterwatch

Visit the Scottish Highlands with BBC Wildlife

Join the BBC Wildlife team for a week of natural history talks, book signings and guided walks at the Grant Arms Wildlife Book Festival in April 2019. 

Now in its second year, the festival is a gathering of some of the most prominent authors in the field of natural history, including Miranda Krestovnikoff, Stephen Moss and David Lindo.

As part of our partnership with the festival, we are running a special five-night reader holiday, which will be hosted by members of the BBC Wildlife editorial team.

Find out more.