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Autumnwatch is back!

Last modified: 08 October 2014

Starling roost at dusk

Image: Graham Catley

As the days begin to get shorter, the mornings a lot darker and an apparent chill in the air, it must be time for Autumnwatch! 

Autumnwatch returns to BBC Two from Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 October, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will be live on the beautiful Lancastrian coast in the North West of England with the very best of the season's wild action from RSPB Leighton Moss.

From rutting red deer to migrating swans, starling murmurations to urban badgers, Autumnwatch will showcase the beauty and drama of this diverse and dramatic season. 

Autumn is a time of change, and the series will explore nature's key events and wild spectacles as well as explaining why this season is such a critical time for all of the UK's wildlife.

Get outdoors

Autumnwatch will be a truly multi-platform, streaming wildlife action live on the web and on BBC Red Button. 

This year, Autumnwatch aims to be more interactive than ever with launch of #myautumn on social media, inspiring everyone to get outdoors, enjoy the season for themselves and then share their videos, pictures and experiences.

Tens of thousands of migrant birds seek refuge here as temperatures fall in northern Europe and the Arctic. This influx of birdlife inevitably draws in predators such as peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks and barn owls. 

Reedbed refuge

The reserve has the largest area of reedbeds in the north west of England, which is a refuge for rutting red deer, while families of otters hunt for fish in the reserve's lakes and pools. 

Last year, the Autumnwatch team were introduced to the reserve's wild residents. Now, they want to really get to know them — and discover some of their secrets. 

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