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The annual nature show BBC Winterwatch returns to Scotland in 2016

Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games. Image Credit: BBC/Jo Charlesworth

Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games. Image Credit: BBC/Jo Charlesworth

‘Summertime, and the livin’ is easy (…)’; so the song goes.

But when the daylight hours shorten, temperatures decrease and food becomes scarce, hard time arrives for animals and birds that don’t hibernate or migrate to warmer climes. People live in cosy houses and put on layers of clothing to keep ourselves warm. Our food comes from the grocery shop. But how do our wild friends cope in the ruthless winter environment?

BBC Two Winterwatch

Join Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games at new season of BBC Winterwatch, one of the most-anticipated annual TV nature shows. These guys have been watching wildlife for many years and know all the answers to the where, the what and the when questions. You’ll be amazed by their knowledge!

Why you should be excited:

This year’s series will focus on some of Britain’s most elusive animals and you can delve into the world of the rarely seen wild cats and the super shy capercaillies, amongst other wild creatures. Experience a new level of extreme as this year the team will roam further afield than in previous years, covering wildlife stories in some of the most remote regions of the Highlands. Hear tales of survival and learn how wildlife is adapting to the challenges of winter all live from the heart of the Cairngorms.

Scottish Wildcat

Scottish Wildcat

Tune in to follow the dramatic, and very often life-deciding, confrontations between wildlife and the winter natural universe in real time via a network of high-definition remote cameras streaming wildlife action live, several expeditions and scientific revelations.

Date:
26 – 29 January 2016

Broadcasting from:
Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms National Park, Scottish Highlands – where winter hits hardest.

Looking across Loch Morlich to the Cairngorm Mountains Highlands B

Looking across Loch Morlich to the Cairngorm Mountains Highlands B

The Mar Lodge Estate is the UK’s most extreme and mountainous region of the Scottish Highlands. It’s also one of Scotland’s premier areas for nature conservation. Its beautiful ancient pine woods, wild glens and the River Dee are home to some of Scotland’s iconic species such as red squirrels, red deer, otters and golden eagles – four of the Big 5 in Scotland’s wildlife – as well as pine martens, and some of the country’s rarest birds such as the crossbill and the black grouse, to name just a few.

Set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park near Braemar in Aberdeenshire, the area covers 29,000 hectares of remote and scenic wild land, and incorporates 15 Munros (mountains which exceed 914 m) – including four of the five highest mountains in the UK. No wonder it’s a wildlife haven!

The estate is also one of the coldest places in the UK, with temperatures dropping to the lowest ever recorded -27.2 degrees C in 1982. Could there be a better place to observe the impact winter’s harsh weather has on wildlife? We don’t think so!

Red squirrel in winter snow © Lensman300 / Dollar Photo Club

Red squirrel in winter snow © Lensman300 / Dollar Photo Club

It’s not like we’re short on stuff to watch this winter, but this annual nature show should really be on your radar!

You can get cosy in your home and watch how animals cope in winter, or why not take a trip to Scotland to indulge up-close in a winter wildlife spectacle or two? Scotland’s wonderfully diverse range of wildlife species can be experienced all year round. Take a wildlife cruise, follow a wildlife trail, or pay a visit to the country’s many hides, reserves and visitor centres.

Find more information about species to spot each season and general advice on finding wildlife in Scotland.

Or even better – learn how to have your own Winterwatch break in Scotland!

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