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BBC Winterwatch 2019

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As temperatures plummet, the Cairngorms National Park is abuzz with excitement this week with the welcome return of the annual wildlife extravaganza, BBC Winterwatch.

Follow the popular series, broadcast live from its new home at the Dell of Abernethy, deep in the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest of the National Park, where presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke are in search of Scotland’s hardiest wildlife.

In the harshest of conditions and stunning winter landscapes, the presenters, joined by naturalist Iolo Williams, are following local residents including red squirrels, pine martens, white-tailed eagles and many more as they cope with Scotland in winter.

White tailed sea eagle © Neil McIntyre

White tailed sea eagle © Neil McIntyre

This thriving wildlife hotspot will also play host to both Springwatch and Autumnwatch for the first time, providing viewers the perfect year-round view of the National Park and how its wildlife changes, overcomes challenges and thrives throughout the year. Experience every season through the changing landscapes.

This year’s Winterwatch focuses on some of the UK’s most spectacular and rare wildlife, with the Dell ideally situated to capture the magic of wildlife activity across forest and woodland, open grassland, farmland and the nearby River Nethy. The cameras will be capturing animals including pine marten and possibly even the elusive Scottish wildcat, and maybe the shy otters down by the water, amongst others. The team will also be hoping for busy bird feeding stations during the day which may welcome the likes of bramblings and crested tits.

It may be the coldest, highest and snowiest plateau in Britain but the Cairngorm plateau is also home to ptarmigans and mountain hares who can often be found huddled, fighting for warmth. But they’re a little harder to spot too than during the rest of the year, given they blend in so perfectly to their snowy backdrop. This is all thanks to the molting of their summer fur and feathers.

Tune in to see what the team have discovered this series.

Reindeer rests on a hillside in the Cairngorm Mountains, Cairngorms National Park

Reindeer rests on a hillside in the Cairngorm Mountains, Cairngorms National Park

Wildlife watching across the Cairngorms

After you’ve enjoyed the fascinating wildlife on BBC Winterwatch from the comfort of your sofa, get out and about and explore it all for yourself. From the excellent Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig to the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre at Glenmore (reopening on 9 February), there are lots of opportunities to discover the area’s wildlife for yourself. You can also choose from a range of wildlife watching tours, where experts, such as those from Speyside Wildlife will lead you deep into the National Park on a wildlife adventure.

Find out more about wildlife to look out for across Scotland this winter with our seasonal wildlife calendar or explore more with our Scottish Wildlife Series eBook.

Don’t forget to share your winter wildlife photos across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #Winterwatch, #ScotlandIsNow and #VisitScotland.

 

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