WILD HIGH­LIGHTS

Countryfile Magazine - - Autumn Watch -

1 Au­tum­n­watch also tries to ex­plore some of the top­i­cal is­sues af­fect­ing Great Bri­tish wildlife, and one of­ten talked about is the rein­tro­duc­tion of species to the wild. In this se­ries, Iolo Wil­liams will re­port on a project to rein­tro­duce pine martens to Wales.

Th­ese an­i­mals were hunted widely in the 18th and 19th cen­tury un­til they even­tu­ally died out in Eng­land and Wales. How­ever, this au­tumn, the Vin­cent Wildlife Trust is re­leas­ing 20 pine martens in a se­cret lo­ca­tion in Wales.

This will be the first time any­one has ac­tively rein­tro­duced a car­ni­vore species within Bri­tain and Iolo has spe­cial per­mis­sion to join the Trust for the release. 2 Bad­gers are back on the pro­gramme as Chris Pack­ham vis­its Brighton, where one of our reg­u­lar ex­perts, Dr Dawn Scott, is study­ing the feed­ing habits of ur­ban bad­gers. We are also hop­ing to meet a lo­cal fam­ily of Caerlave­rock bad­gers. 3 Au­tumn isn’t au­tumn with­out a red deer rut, but this year Martin Hughes-Games aims to ex­pe­ri­ence it in a very dif­fer­ent way. He’s trav­el­ling to the Scot­tish is­land of Rum with spe­cial night-vi­sion cam­eras to dis­cover ex­actly what hap­pens af­ter dark. 4 It’s also the sea­son of the spi­der, so we have asked nat­u­ral­ist Nick Baker to cel­e­brate their se­cret world by re­veal­ing the mys­ter­ies be­hind some of our more com­mon species, in­clud­ing the false black widow and the gar­den orb.

Au­tum­n­watch will also mon­i­tor the progress of 20 pine martens rein­tro­duced in Wales

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