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