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In­clud­ing Amer­i­can wildlife in Au­tum­n­watch New Eng­land and The Parachute Mur­der Plot

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NEW wildlife Au­tum­n­watch New Eng­land Mon­day-thurs­day, BBC2 Hd, 8pm

WITH THE NIGHTS draw­ing in and the clocks go­ing back at the end of the month, it’s time once again for Au­tum­n­watch’s sea­sonal snap­shot of how wildlife is adapt­ing to the chang­ing sea­sons.

This year, how­ever, there’s a big change to BBC2’S pop­u­lar se­ries of live broad­casts be­cause pre­sen­ters Chris Pack­ham, Michaela Stra­chan and Gil­lian Burke are head­ing out to Squam Lake in New Hamp­shire, in the heart of New Eng­land, which is fa­mous for its spec­tac­u­lar fo­liage as the sea­sons be­gin to turn.

The usual net­work of high-tech hid­den cam­eras have been in­stalled to cap­ture footage of the lo­cal wildlife, which in­clude moose, black bears, fly­ing squir­rels, coy­otes, rac­coons and bob­cats.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of this feast of flora and fauna, Tv&satel­lite Week caught up with Pack­ham, 57, to find out what’s in store…

WHAT EX­CITED YOU MOST ABOUT TAK­ING Au­tum­n­watch TO AMER­ICA? It’s an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about that part of the world and see how it con­trasts with this one. Some themes will be the same, such as mi­gra­tion, but there’s a lot of dif­fer­ence in the mi­gra­tion. We also have over­laps in the species – grey squir­rels, Amer­i­can mink, star­lings and house spar­rows. So, look­ing

at the con­trast in their be­hav­iour will be in­ter­est­ing. If a squir­rel runs across my gar­den, I don’t look twice. But out there, in its nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what grey squir­rels do.

WHAT ARE

THE LIVE SHOW LO­CA­TIONS LIKE?

There are two hubs. Michaela and I are go­ing to be at a log cabin on Squam Lake – which is where the film On

Golden Pond was filmed, so I hope Michaela’s watched it so we can in­clude lots of ref­er­ences. And Gil­lian’s go­ing to be at the Squam Lakes Nat­u­ral Sci­ence Cen­ter.

ARE YOU LOOK­ING

FOR­WARD TO STUDY­ING

THE BIG­GER MAM­MALS LIKE BEARS AND MOOSE?

Oh, yes. Here, we have this cosy ex­is­tence where the largest thing we bump into at night is a fox or a bad­ger. But there, they have bears, bob­cats and huge moose.

I am par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in an­i­mals like rac­coons and skunks, be­cause they have over­come ad­ver­sity and are do­ing well and, de­spite their rep­u­ta­tion, are fas­ci­nat­ing. There are also tim­ber rat­tlesnakes, and New Eng­land is famed for its rap­tor mi­gra­tion.

HAVE YOU LEARNT ANY IN­TER­EST­ING FACTS WHILE PRE­PAR­ING FOR THE SE­RIES?

I learnt that moose, like ot­ters, beavers and seals, have mus­cles in their nos­trils. This means they can close them when they’re feed­ing on plants that are un­der­wa­ter. As well as hav­ing a nose that can close, they also have the ca­pac­ity to bite un­der­wa­ter with­out drown­ing – I had no idea! Also, year af­ter year, tim­ber rat­tlesnakes go back to the same dens in the Au­tumn, emerg­ing again in the Spring. They will go back to ex­actly the same hole in the rock for 20 years.

‘it’s a chance to see how that part of the world con­trasts with this one’ CHRIS Pack­ham

WILL THE TEAM SPOTA MOOSE?

A TIM­BER RATTLESNAKE

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