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UK wildlife series. Michaela Strachan joins Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games in sharing their experiences in the Wye Valley with wild boar, swarming bats and the wild harvest.


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. The swallows have gone to Africa. . The swallows have gone to Africa.

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I can hear the Russell of a wood louse over there. It is the season

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of mists and mellow fruit. There is something new around, what is it?

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The smell of The smell of something new. The

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swallows may have gone but I am here to keep these buys no check for this

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year's Autumnwatch Live. SNP. Es s?

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Hello and welcome to Autumnwatch Hello and welcome to Autumnwatch

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Live 2011. I don't know about you gits, I am excited about this

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series. We have eight weeks, we will be spreading ourselves all

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the country and our objective as usual is to bring you the very best

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of British wildlife at this time of year. We have great things in

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bag. We have also, Martin, got a brands new rose in town. I can hug

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brands new rose in town. I can hug strak stack whenever I want to. I am

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already worried. I know that is not usually this

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is not usually this nice, he is easing me in. It will go down. You

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easing me in. It will go down. You have been on the programme for 40

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seconds and insulted me. We have to explain where we are just

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off, we have come to a place we think is the best to bring you the

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start of autumn, the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, an

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extraordinary place. 240 hectares, 16,000 trees here, and more than

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3,000 different species. I can tell you that 2000 of those are the

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exotic maims, which are famed for turning reds in the autumn. Of

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course, we will have our eyes on the natives, we will look at the

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fantastic spread of colour will which burst here. I love the burst.

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I have to say this is for me a really gorgeous place to start

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Autumnwatch. I find it romantic, I find autumn romantic with the

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changing colours of the leaves, the reds and all that testosterone of

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the deer, the rutting deer, the spawning salmon. Steady. Take it

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easy. Have you signed the contract. You are jealous you can't compete

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with spawning salmon and rutting deer. What I do like about autumn is

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the cozy at night-times. For the next eight weeks on Friday

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live, I will be getting cozy with these boys. What more could a

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want? Chocolates? I was thinking the same. Mussel, wealth, intelligence.

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Fortunately, it is not just about Friday nights. All week the

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will be out and about to bring the best of British wildlife in the

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autumn, all the drama that the season brings. We will feature

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places throughout the UK that we think are special, from Exmoor to

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Anglesey to the Caledonian forests. It is not just the three of us, we

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have special guest have special guest presenters as

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well. This autumn, we will

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This autumn, we will be visiting This autumn, we will be visiting

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some of the most iconic wild places, to bring you the very best of the

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season's wildlife. We will be joining familiar faces, sharing wild

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And we say hello to new faces and And we say hello to new faces and

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Sit back, relax and enjoy watching Sit back, relax and enjoy watching

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But of course Autumnwatch crucially But of course Autumnwatch crucially

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Sit back, relax is about you. We need to hear from

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you. It is your programme. So get in contact with us, if you can. What a

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strange summer it has been. It very, very cold, the coldest summer

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since 1993. Then we had that blazing ends to it, boiling hot. Must have

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had bizarre effects on our wildlife, my garden was aflame with

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butterflies. Aflame. That is talk we like on Autumnwatch. Let us

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know what you have been seeing in your garden, you have been getting

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in contact. . They have seen bunting and waxwing. He is excited already.

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I would like to say that. And. There are ladybirds and a humming bird,

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quite late. And the hedgehogs have been eating him out of house and

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home, they will fatten up for winter. Keep that stuff coming in,

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Hold on. Let's keep the Post Office Hold on. Let's keep the Post Office

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in business. You could write a letter. Get an envelope and put

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stamp on it. I like real letters. Or you could get a pigeon and attach

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the letter to the pigeon. Or a cleft stick with a runner. Moving on, I

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think it is official. Autumnwatch Live has started. As we

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we have been out and about, we started at the beginning of this

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week in the glorious weather. We went to a very beautiful part of

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What better place to explore the What better place to explore the

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autumn season than the for et Dean and the Wye Valley.

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Nestling on the border of England Nestling on the border of England

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and Wales, this place is not only famed for its iconic scenery

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look at that, but also for its great diversity of rich habitats.

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This is the River Wye, 130 miles This is the River Wye, 130 miles

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wrong, which makes it Britain's fifth longest river. And it is

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teeming with wildlife, we have kingfishers, otters and it is the

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life-blood of the forest that surrounds it.

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Right now in autumn is one of the Right now in autumn is one of the

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best times to explore the woods, from the canopy to the forest floor,

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it is home to more wildlife than any other habitat in the UK.

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We did find some little gems in the We did find some little gems in the

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Wye Valley. It was such a beautiful couple of days to be there. We

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looked for slightly different things. I went looking for a rather

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unusual mammal that had I lived in mediaeval times would have been

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to spot. It disappeared, it has come back to the delight of most people,

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but it has caused a lot of controversy. I will be finding out

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about that. I didn't need ex-mediaeval ma'am apples, I needed

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what Michaela found in an old tree. It was just as exciting. That

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coming up later in the show. I had a strange, mysterious nocturnal

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encounter with one of my favourite animals right here in the Wye

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Have you ever heard the term SSSI, Have you ever heard the term SSSI,

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site of special scientific interest. And the smallest site of special

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scientific interest in England is right there. So the question is:

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What could possibly be inside that building to make it so special?

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I am about to find out from the man I am about to find out from the man

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responsible for making this a protected site in the first place.

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David is a licensed expert, he will keep a careful eye on everything we

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are about to do. There are

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We will leave them sleeping. Right. We will leave them sleeping. Right.

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Let's reveal what they are, these are lesser horseshoe bats.

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Excellent. Correct. Autumn is the last chance to see lesser horseshoe

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bats, soon, them disperse and disappear into their winter

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hibernation sites. Tonight, we will use an array of technology to see

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and hear the bats as they emerge. This is fascinating. They

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starting to wake up. They are. They are doing their equivalent of

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morning abluinges. He is having a good scratch. They will have a good

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cleanup. Yes. Why are they called horseshoe bats. That is interesting.

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Instead of through the mouth, they hum them through the nose. In order

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to get a concentrated beam they have the weird horseshoe shaped

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nose leaf. You can see it there. On the nose leaf, yes you can.

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That one there has a hole in its That one there has a hole in its

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wing. He stretched out. Yes. Can they repair that? They can, yes. It

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heals quickly. And amazingly, with virtually no scar tissue. It fades

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David, there is a lot more active David, there is a lot more active

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now, etc getting darker. They are moving around, everyone is awake.

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They will fly around in the to the building to see how dark it

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is, only when it is dark enough will they venture out and go into the

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night to feed on insects. Shall we go down? Yes. A lot of activity now.

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David and our bat detectors. They David and our bat detectors. They

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will hiss but this will bring the bat echo location into our hearing

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change. These bats make the most extraordinary sound. (bat sounds).

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It is the X Files, isn't it? That is It is the X Files, isn't it? That is

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the normal flight route. Straight past us into the woods.

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I think that one went through our I think that one went through our

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legs. Very agile flyers, I have seen one fly under an inch and a half gap

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under a door with a level floor. That is good. The sound sick

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purchase is so accurate, they can fly in between bushes, trees and

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pick a spider off a leaf. Yes. They can twist and turn through the

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twigs. They will fly knew these trees without slowing down, right

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How many do you think there are in How many do you think there are in

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the roost at the moment? At the peak in July, including babies, 739

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year. 739. Why is this area in Wye Valley so good for these bats? I

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think it is just got the right combination for them. It is fairly

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mild still, a lot of woodland they like. And it is less

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intensively farmed. Basically, all that builds up to lots of insects

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Let's be quiet for a moment and Let's be quiet for a moment and

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listen to this extraordinary sound. (bat sounds).

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Thank you for to date my top autumn Thank you for to date my top autumn

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Thank you for to date my top autumn I tell you what, Martin, it is not

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I tell you what, Martin, it is not I tell you what, Martin, it is not

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Thank you for unusual for bats to be active

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at this time of year, if it is like this. Because like those who

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are shoes, many will move to winter roosts. It is worth thinking

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about, if you are walking back from the pub, depending which time

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to the pub. There will be bat activity if it is warm for the

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foreseeable future. We have just asked you to get in contact with us.

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And you have. On Twitter says: An owl calling on Autumnwatch. We heard

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it. Tawny owl. Right. Bats again, you can, get a bat detector. It

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massively enhances your enjoyment, some of them are expensive of the

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but anything from �30 to 300 for the fancy ones. They are brilliant. They

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bring the bats' worlds into our world. They are fabulous. Plug over.

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What fw the bats you encountered, they are extraordinary. One could

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say they were grimly fiendish. This picture taken by the guy I was with,

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you can properly see that bizarre looking horse sloo face. Isn't that

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weird? They emit that sound through it. It comes out through their

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noses, not through their mouths. We have had all day you could think

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about emiting that sound. You produced a sound that is more akin

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to a cow than a bat. Let me move on. I have commissioned something

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special here. This is a facsimile of the - make sure you get a perfect

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shot. I am pleased with this, it neat, neat. This was made by a

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wonderful researcher. This is the bat's nose showing the architecture.

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What this is about, as you know, is about projecting a cone of sound

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forward from the nose so it will bounce back from the objects the

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bats encounter and be received in their ears. This is what this

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leaf-like structure is about, shaping a cone of sound. What a

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triumph of evolution and modelling clay this is. Are you sure that is a

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bat's nose? It looks donlg to me. Dodge? A bit of a worry. Going

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to the photograph, the photograph of the bat, that looks like a player in

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the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. That has been smacked in the face.

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Look at that nose. Can she stay? Only a mother could love. We follow

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the beautiful game. I can't believe inthe one talking about rugby, my

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partner would be proud. Something people are talking about, mind you,

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it is a British pasttime to be talking about the weather, it is

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this extraordinary weather we had this week. We started off this

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week in t-shirts. It was beautiful, glorious sunny weather. We had a

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record temperature for October in Cambridge, 29.

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Cambridge, 29.3C. Now it is turned into autumn, this is what you would

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expect. How does that affect the wildlife. We have monitored it, the

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cameramen got these pictures. is a species that over winters as an

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adult. What you can see it doing, along with this is topping up on

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late summer nectar, to they have enough reserves to

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through the hibernation period. soon as it gets nasty, they

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hibernate. We saw large dragonflies. Look at this, an adder basking.

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Depending on the weather, this can be unusual. They will be thinking

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about moving under ground to hibernate. Can I say something about

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adders. I think this last letters burst of warm weather may have been

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a huge benefit to our adders. I found out that adders eat between 7

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and 9 approximately mice or voles per year. Not very many. It takes

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them ten to 14 days to digest that. They are thinking about going into

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hibernation now. They cannot start to hibernate with a halfdy jerted

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mouse in their stomaches. Who can. Terrible wind. This burst of

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might have raised their metabolism and digest that last mouse. They

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hibernate earlier. With a full stomach to see them through the

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winter. Adders are in trouble. I guess this discussion about the

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weather throws out the question what is in autumn and when does it

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start? Martin, what would you say? I would say the 1 October. I would say

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21 September, the equinox. There is no conSeine us. I have to ask, what

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Just look at this, there can't be a Just look at this, there can't be a

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finer place anywhere in the lands to answer this question. Than

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National Arboretum. Complete the collection of exotic trees,

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including these acer species North America and Asia.

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the ones famed for having their leaves turn red during this season.

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Autumn, what in a word? We used to call this harvest before we moved

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into towns and took up the French autumn. Then the Americans call it

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the fall. Not for the falling leaves actually but because it comes from

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the old Norse, to fall from a great height, meaning the change in

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seasons. That of course is what autumn is all about, the season

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between summer and winter. It is governed by the astronomical

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exknocks, in reality nature doesn't listen. We enjoy thermal lag,

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basically, the ground warms up it delays all of the changes that we

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equate to that season. Of course, one of the joys of autumn no autumn

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is like the other, we is like the other, we get a new one.

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Some people think autumn might be early on account of the dry spring.

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If you have looked at horse chestnuts, they are yellow earlier.

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That is likely to be due to that spring, perhaps the insidious leaf

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bug. Other trees, we will be carefully monitoring the turn in

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colour here at the National Arboretum. Stay tuned to see when

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I feel that answered the question. I feel that answered the question.

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Thank you very much, we now know. Good. Now, if you remember

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springwatch, one of springwatch, one of the highlights

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for me was our ospreys. We joined forces with the project. They put a

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camera in an osprey's nest. Let's remind ourselves what it looked

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For the first time in hundreds of For the first time in hundreds of

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years, a pair of ospreys bred on the estuary in west Wales. Nora, the

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play, had three eggs, all of them hatched out. It was great

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at the as tray project, which is down the road from where we were.

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far as anyone knows, there are three breeding pairs in the whole country.

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That makes these chicks very important for the recovery of the

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osprey in Wales. When we left at the end of Springwatch the

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were less than two weeks old, tiny things crouched in the nest, reliant

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on on their parents, Monty and Nora.

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We couldn't just leave those chicks We couldn't just leave those chicks

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all alone, we wanted to find out we could what happened to them next

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in their lives. They are not going to stay in Wales, they will

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undertake a migration. How are going to do that? We had to get in

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contact with someone very special to fit satellite trackers on them. This

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would not be easy. We called the when it comes to ospreys. He will be

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embarrassed by me, he is a legend. Some people call him the Clint

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Eastwood. He has the right haircut. It is more about his attitude, they

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acconservationist who gets things done. He is a ledge jemdz.

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Brilliant. Roy Dennis is the man with a licence to fit these

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satellite trackers to ospreys. One other thing, when he started his

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work, if I got in right, there was one osprey nest in the UK, now 250.

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That is in part. A testament to his work. OK. He agreed to join us. Roy

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takes up the story in his takes up the story in his own words.

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The big day was planned very The big day was planned very

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carefully. It was the first time anyone had approached the nest since

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the chicks hatched. Mum, Nora, flew high above us calling out to her

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chicks. She was keeping a very close eye on what we were up to. The

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osprey project team and I had to get everything just right. We have three

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birds, great that they were fed on fresh food. The weather is perfect.

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Excellent opportunity to do it. The timing was crucial, the chicks

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to be exactly the right to be exactly the right size so

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their satellite tags would fit. They are a good size but still have

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growth in the tail and wings. We ringed all three chicks to give

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a unique ID. That is a 99 on there. These rings will help us identify

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the individual chicks by sight. it was time tort more important

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of the day, fitting each chick with its own satellite transmitter. These

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have a solar panel. They take a GPS reading every hour of daylight. If

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the bird is flying, they give the speed of the night, direction of

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night and the altitude the flying. They tell us a lot of

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information. Each sat lie tag wares just 30 grams. The same as a packet

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of crisps. I will sew these together with pure cotton. Assix or

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years, the cotton rots. Then the raid yok can fall off. Having the

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birds outof the nest like that was a rare opportunity to see them up

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close. This is the last one, this is the female. It is heavily

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on the front of each weather. they are adult, the females are much

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more heavily streaked males. The other noticable thing is

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the juvenile eyes are oaker. When the adult is full, the adult eyes

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are yellow. Tremendous change. These are our three chicks. How will

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When will they set off on their When will they set off on their

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migration? Will all three of them make it safely to west Africa?

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will be exciting following them on their autumn migration. That is a

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really good brood, two males and female, excellent type for ringing

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and tagging them, fully grown, not ready to fly, another week or so

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before they nigh. They are back into the nest, laying down, we

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go away, and the female should be back within ten minutes, quarter of

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an hour. The rain held off, it wasn't windy, perfect conditions. I

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That was fantastic. Roy said she That was fantastic. Roy said she

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should be back in ten mitts, she was back in eight minutes. Everybody

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safe. No problems. Got the expert atz work. Look, I have one of the

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transmitters, this is one of the ones we are using, 30 grams as

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has said. This is very exciting times for us to live. Whilst a lot

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of birds are in troubling, we are able to learn so much more about

:25:54.:25:59.

them, so much more quickly. Ten years ago, we wouldn't have been

:25:59.:26:03.

able to do this. This would have been the size of a double-decker

:26:03.:26:10.

bus, way too heavy for an osprey. It wares the same as 211,

:26:10.:26:15.

wares the same as 211,666 packets of crisps. What flavour, Chris? Smoky

:26:15.:26:22.

trout. We will continue to osprey story later on. Now, Michaela. Do

:26:22.:26:27.

you what I love is they reintroduced themselves into Wales. Normally,

:26:27.:26:32.

when we talk about reintroducing an animal into the UK, there is endless

:26:32.:26:36.

forums and discussions and analysis that takes a couple of years, if you

:26:36.:26:42.

are lucky, the animal will go back into the wild like the beavers.

:26:42.:26:48.

There is a management plan in place. What happens When an animal escapes

:26:48.:26:54.

into the wild? Thz what happened in the forest of Dean. Although the

:26:54.:26:57.

escapeees are a great tourist attraction, they have also caused a

:26:57.:27:07.

There is one animal that you might There is one animal that you might

:27:07.:27:10.

be lucky enough to spot here in Forest of Dean, that you won't get a

:27:10.:27:16.

chance to see in many UK. That is the wild boar.

:27:16.:27:20.

Historically, the forest of Dean was a royal hunting ground. Wild boar

:27:20.:27:26.

was so popular at mediaeval banquets, they were hunted to

:27:26.:27:30.

extinction by the 13th century. The boar have reappeared in the forest,

:27:30.:27:35.

by escaping from farms and illegal dumping. Their comeback has

:27:35.:27:42.

controversy. They can overturn a lot of soil when they are feeding, this

:27:42.:27:47.

digging is beneficial for the forest as it encourage new species,

:27:47.:27:53.

understandably, isn't so popular in gardens and parks. Some people,

:27:53.:27:58.

especially dog walkers, are worried about the boar being aggressive. But

:27:59.:28:07.

the biggest concern is that they are prolific breeders, one sow can have

:28:07.:28:13.

100 piglets. As the population grew, there was a public consultation, the

:28:13.:28:17.

commission, who are responsible for managing the forest, introduced

:28:17.:28:25.

cull. Ian Harvey needs to balance at the needs of the boar and people who

:28:25.:28:30.

use the forest. The balance is to keep a low population in the forest,

:28:30.:28:34.

not to eradicate them, hopefully away from the communities and the

:28:34.:28:39.

centres of population, where people are living, so the interactions

:28:39.:28:43.

where they are getting into gardens and causing problems are reduced.

:28:43.:28:47.

Not everyone believes the boar are managed effectively. I am meeting

:28:48.:28:51.

Alastair Frazier from the boar, who thinks the cull is no

:28:51.:28:56.

longer necessary. I have a lot of sympathy with the force industry

:28:56.:28:57.

commission. They don't there are, I don't

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there are. What I do know, there aren't as many as there were. I

:29:03.:29:08.

think we reaped the stage where we need a proper scientific

:29:08.:29:12.

of the boar numbers. That is exactly what the commission are trying to

:29:12.:29:18.

do. I am joining Ian on a boar census to get a better idea

:29:18.:29:23.

many boar are living in the forest. Ian has a night scope he uses for

:29:23.:29:33.
:29:33.:29:34.

Can you see them. Yes. On the bank Can you see them. Yes. On the bank

:29:34.:29:44.
:29:44.:29:45.

That is the coolest thing. I can see That is the coolest thing. I can see

:29:45.:29:49.

three of them, is that what you saw? Three. What sort of age

:29:49.:29:54.

is it difficult to tell? Looking at the body size and shape, about six

:29:54.:30:00.

to eight months. Why do you have to do this census at night? It

:30:00.:30:04.

difficult. Without this, you see them. No. That is right. It

:30:04.:30:09.

gives us a better chance of seeing a true reflection on the number of

:30:09.:30:14.

animals because they are nocturnal in their feeding patterns. They come

:30:14.:30:19.

out and feed through the night and lay back up in thick cover in the

:30:19.:30:26.

day. When they first were released, they were much tamer? Yes. They have

:30:26.:30:32.

become shier and nocturnal. That is right. They were

:30:32.:30:37.

people, they came from a boar farm. In a natural state, they are more

:30:37.:30:42.

nocturnal and wary. Before we out tonight, I did think

:30:42.:30:49.

they have a vague idea of how there are. I see the problem. This

:30:49.:30:55.

is guesstimate stuff? It is the first time woe carried out, the more

:30:55.:31:00.

frequently we do it, the more accurate it becomes. Will these

:31:00.:31:06.

three stay for hours. It is fallen acorns which are nutritious, a

:31:06.:31:11.

of energy. If they are happy, they will feed until they push on

:31:11.:31:17.

feed on something else or they have had enough. Very cool to see them. I

:31:17.:31:25.

I would like to explain something, I would like to explain something,

:31:25.:31:30.

Martin and Chris. Because that film makes me look half blind. You can

:31:30.:31:34.

see me looking at the boar. But it was actually pitch black. Unless you

:31:34.:31:38.

use the scope or at the special its camera equipment, you couldn't see

:31:38.:31:48.
:31:48.:31:52.

You are a fine one to talk. Joking You are a fine one to talk. Joking

:31:52.:31:56.

aside, there is something important to say. Boar can be a great asset to

:31:56.:32:00.

the environment. When it comes to woodland, what they do is smash it

:32:00.:32:05.

up literally. Their eco-system engineers. What they are doing

:32:05.:32:10.

turning over the soil and one thing this does is allows the seed bank,

:32:10.:32:14.

all of those seeds left in the soy, which are perfectly able to become

:32:14.:32:17.

active, to germinate, seeds that might have been there for 50 years.

:32:17.:32:21.

If they do it over a wide area, you get new plants growing. They clear

:32:21.:32:27.

away the Bracken and the bramble all of this increases the

:32:27.:32:31.

biodiversity. If you get more species of plant, you get more

:32:31.:32:36.

species of insect and then birds everything else. Boar can be a great

:32:36.:32:41.

enhancement to woodland. Another crucial point, they are indigenous,

:32:41.:32:46.

not an invasive species fmtdz they are set to be here. They are

:32:46.:32:51.

controversial. What concerns of the boar is if there is

:32:51.:32:56.

be a cull, you need to know how many boar are there? That is a crucial

:32:56.:33:00.

question and secondly, when would you cull? You don't want to cull

:33:00.:33:06.

sows when they have piglets. I personally have a suspicion we are

:33:06.:33:10.

zoophobic, we are fine with cuddly animals, when they are big and

:33:10.:33:14.

fierce and can't control them, we don't like them. That is just me. We

:33:14.:33:18.

don't live withmy large predators, the only country that doesn't have

:33:18.:33:25.

any large predators. Do you think we are intolerant? We are used to

:33:25.:33:30.

living outthem. You are right. We have our own opinions. It is not our

:33:30.:33:34.

opinions that count on this. We want to know what you think, what are

:33:34.:33:39.

your views and get a discussion going on our blog. Check out our

:33:39.:33:46.

website and let us know what you think. Where did he go? He

:33:46.:33:52.

the boar is chasing him. Look at him. I haven't seen him go so fast.

:33:52.:33:59.

We have talked as boars as foragers. He is not a hairy boar, he is a

:33:59.:34:08.

hairy bringsly Andy. Sorry for that intro. Andy will prepare something

:34:08.:34:14.

from things he found around here, in the wild. In the wild. It smells

:34:14.:34:21.

strange. Gorgeous. We will find out more about this later on. Smells

:34:21.:34:25.

like booze. Back to Chris Michaela.

:34:25.:34:33.

I feel Sendentory. Have you had Andy's delights? Put it this way,

:34:33.:34:39.

I had cons pace - I couldn't get the words out. It would have solved the

:34:39.:34:47.

problem. Was it a natural enema. Public enemy. Chris doesn't like

:34:47.:34:50.

surprises, I found something a little special that I wanted to keep

:34:50.:34:56.

as a surprise for him. I think, Chris, you weren't disappointed. It

:34:56.:35:05.

Start looking up and tell me what Start looking up and tell me what

:35:05.:35:13.

you can see. Trees. Look around. A wonderful dead tree. What is

:35:14.:35:16.

wonderful dead tree. What wonderful dead tree. What is in it?

:35:16.:35:23.

I can't believe you can't see it. Can't you see? Wow. One of my

:35:23.:35:30.

favourite animals. Hornetss,. They are going strong. Look at that

:35:30.:35:34.

gorgeous nest. The interesting thing once one has a role like the

:35:34.:35:39.

century, it does that every day. It does that one thing. That animal

:35:39.:35:44.

there poised, waiting to see if anything intrudes, if it does, it

:35:44.:35:49.

will investigate, if it thinks it a threat, it will warn it first by

:35:49.:35:56.

head butting. We are very safe here. Because these insects cannot sting

:35:56.:36:03.

you. They won't say sting unless you move. If I were to go up to the nest

:36:03.:36:09.

slowly, coy stick my nose into it, they don't like mammal breath. They

:36:09.:36:17.

probably equate it to a bear. You can get close and the guards will be

:36:17.:36:24.

like this. Then if you go like in with your arm, them immediately

:36:24.:36:29.

sting you. They are easy to live with, you have to be passive,

:36:29.:36:35.

out of their way. Looking at the nest, it is almost a paper bark

:36:35.:36:42.

nest. That is chewed up old wood and saliva. . Yes. They chew specific

:36:42.:36:48.

wood of the right dense at this. They will put their saliva with it,

:36:48.:36:53.

if they are thirsty, they will have a drink and go out with water

:36:53.:36:57.

land on the wood, turn it into a pulp and lay it down in these

:36:57.:37:03.

delicate ribbons. The purpose of that is to twofold, it is to protect

:37:03.:37:08.

the comb inside. It is principally about thermal regulation, to keep

:37:08.:37:11.

the comb at the optimum for the development of the young, to

:37:11.:37:16.

keep it kooltd awarm. Sometimes if it gets hot, you will see the

:37:16.:37:21.

animals around the outside fanning with their wings to ventilate

:37:21.:37:27.

nest. Are you impressed? You didn't think it would be hornets. I thought

:37:27.:37:35.

you found funghi or something. An impressive top of the food chain

:37:35.:37:40.

insect predator, a terminator. loves them.

:37:40.:37:43.

You see that was a little surprise You see that was a little surprise

:37:43.:37:47.

gem for you in the woods. Started so well. You have led me astray in the

:37:47.:37:53.

woods, now we have had fun in the bushes. It is getting worse. Going

:37:53.:37:58.

back to the hornets, which we should, is it normal to see hornets

:37:58.:38:02.

that late? They are a larger insect than wasp. Critical is firstly

:38:02.:38:06.

making sure all the males can the nest. They will hang about for a

:38:06.:38:10.

couple of weeks. Then the Queens. The males will mate with them,

:38:10.:38:15.

fertilise them, all the workers will die and the males. It will be the

:38:15.:38:19.

Queens which will over winter and find somewhere to hibernate and go

:38:19.:38:23.

into November sometimes. Look out for them. It was a treat. I

:38:23.:38:28.

thoroughly enjoyed watching those hornets. Good stuff. I have been

:38:28.:38:33.

corrected. Right at the thing, I said the swallows had gone. David on

:38:33.:38:41.

Facebook said house Martens today. It is still summer, folks. Sorry. He

:38:41.:38:44.

had his surprise, I am a surprise of my own in Autumnwatch.

:38:44.:38:48.

I am going badger watching. With a difference. For the very

:38:48.:38:54.

we will go live underground with badgers, not today, later on in the

:38:54.:38:59.

week. Monday will start that. Are you sure? I am positive. Is it going

:38:59.:39:04.

to work? Are you like a Womble that goes underground? I hope so. It is

:39:04.:39:09.

bugged, it is bugged with cameras. Hopefully fantastic. That is not a

:39:09.:39:14.

cultural point of reference. To another surprise, our cameramen,

:39:14.:39:19.

whilst down to the forest of Dean, saw these birds. Cross bills, two of

:39:19.:39:24.

them up there feeding on the cones. You can see a male regurgitating

:39:25.:39:30.

food to a youngster. Using its cross bill to prise open to get the

:39:31.:39:38.

out. The youngster is flickering, begging behaviour. Look at this,

:39:38.:39:42.

look at the bird's bill. If it turns, you can see that it has

:39:42.:39:49.

cross there. These crossing starts whilst they are in the nest.

:39:49.:39:55.

the male, larger, much more formidable bill, matured for opening

:39:55.:39:59.

cones. When they hatch, their bill is conventional, they begin to cross

:39:59.:40:06.

in the nest. 50% of them cross to one side, 50% to the other side. The

:40:06.:40:10.

reason is they open cones, therefore, from one side or another.

:40:10.:40:14.

This means that half of the cross bills can feed on one side,

:40:14.:40:17.

the other, you can have twice as many in the same place at the same

:40:17.:40:23.

time. That is extraordinary. How do you know that? He is so clever. It

:40:23.:40:29.

is a miracle of nature. As well as of those, there are other animals

:40:29.:40:33.

storing up for the winter. Lots people do it, put on extra fat. For

:40:33.:40:39.

animals, it is a crucial time to get thosecalries in. Where do they

:40:39.:40:45.

for that special autumn meal? What do they get out of it? I think we

:40:45.:40:55.
:40:55.:41:01.

When it comes tots autumn harvest When it comes tots autumn harvest

:41:01.:41:05.

for birds, there can't be richer pickings than our hedgerows. In

:41:05.:41:10.

UK, we are lucky to have masses of them, fact, dp we lined them end

:41:10.:41:16.

end, they would stretch 20 times around the planet. They are a rich

:41:16.:41:20.

habitat. Replicating woodland edge, they can contain 600 different

:41:20.:41:27.

species of plants and trees. Many of which produce fruit and berries. In

:41:27.:41:31.

the wintertime, birds would do best by eating seeds and insects, the

:41:31.:41:36.

trouble is they have to find them and handle them. Berries occur in

:41:36.:41:41.

vast numbers and they are easy to spot. In one metre of a hedge like

:41:42.:41:46.

this one, in a bumper year, you can find 10,000 berries. They are

:41:46.:41:52.

to spot. Bright red against the green. What do the birds get out

:41:52.:42:02.
:42:02.:42:10.

them, energy and lots of it. In 100 grams of blackberries, 50 calories:

:42:10.:42:13.

That is the birds get out of it? That is the birds get out of it?

:42:13.:42:17.

What about the plants? What they are demonstrating is a fantastic example

:42:17.:42:21.

of co-evolution. You see these plants have put energy and resources

:42:22.:42:27.

into producing these berries. They have invested. What do they get?

:42:27.:42:32.

Dispersal. The birds eat the berries, they digest them, but not

:42:32.:42:37.

the seed inside. They fly many away, it passes through them to

:42:37.:42:43.

germinate? Where where it is not in competition with the parent plant

:42:43.:42:46.

and colonised a new area. It is win-win. As you shall ooh, in

:42:46.:42:55.

science, we have a name for it, we call it:

:42:55.:43:00.

How many calories in 100 grams of How many calories in 100 grams of

:43:00.:43:05.

blackberries? 80. I don't know why I bother. I speak to farmers

:43:05.:43:10.

be watching the programme, think about leaving your hedges to grow

:43:10.:43:14.

into longer. If they don't frz the longer growth patterns in them, they

:43:14.:43:21.

can't produce the frurtd for the birds. We shouldn't underestimate

:43:21.:43:27.

how important hedges are, 80% of birds rely on hence for food and

:43:27.:43:31.

shelter. Talking of shelter, we haven't been into the studio. Follow

:43:31.:43:36.

me, Chris. You are excited about this. It is lush. It looks gorgeous.

:43:37.:43:43.

It is all cozy. These windows looking out are fantastic. We have

:43:43.:43:51.

our little cushions, leather sofa. Do you like it? Yes, OK. Understated

:43:51.:43:57.

reaction. It is very, very posh. Way too posh for me. I can't get that

:43:57.:44:01.

excited about domestic thingsment however, there are - aside from

:44:01.:44:06.

getting food from hedgerows, other animals have different strategies.

:44:06.:44:14.

One we saw in the Wye Valley was animals caching food. Here is a

:44:14.:44:22.

vole, if you look, she picked up a beech nut. Look, rather eat it,

:44:22.:44:29.

takes it away and hides it. Scirls are famous for caching. They bury

:44:29.:44:37.

lots of acorns. They do mischievous things lie pretending to bury them.

:44:37.:44:44.

Look at the wiggle. Bum wiggle that goes on. Cool. That is excellent. Of

:44:44.:44:49.

course, people will see all this going on in their gardens and

:44:49.:44:55.

woodlands. Look out for it, see if you see squirrel or the birds and

:44:55.:44:59.

mammals getting their nuts. Or caching them in strange places.

:44:59.:45:05.

Animals will cache them into flower pots. You never know. You might get

:45:05.:45:15.

cache in the attic. Oh! Mind you, it would only be worth peanuts. Peanuts

:45:15.:45:20.

to coffee apples, out with Martin. She gave it away. I would say

:45:21.:45:25.

are you going to make? It are you going to make? It is toffee

:45:25.:45:34.

apples. It is coffee with a twist. We are using sloes and things you

:45:34.:45:39.

can collect. I don't know if you can see this. It is boiling away. This

:45:39.:45:47.

one is ready to go. That is almost ready, sticky. You will roll the

:45:47.:45:55.

apples in the coffee. To give the flavour, you have wide herbs and

:45:55.:46:01.

things. It is the wild fruit which gives it colour. Depending on what

:46:01.:46:03.

colours you colours you are using. I can't wait.

:46:04.:46:09.

Chris, here is your helper. Coffee apples. He

:46:09.:46:10.

apples. Chris, here is your helper. Coffee

:46:10.:46:19.

April always. Right. It is time for the second instalment of the osprey

:46:19.:46:23.

story. We have left Roy Dennis, who managed to put the satellite tags on

:46:23.:46:28.

the osprey chicks. Over a month later, he went back to see how they

:46:28.:46:33.

Throughout the summer, the chicks Throughout the summer, the chicks

:46:33.:46:38.

were monitored at their nest site in west Wales. The project had their

:46:38.:46:44.

cameras recording the birds' move. I was keen to find out how

:46:44.:46:49.

they got on, at the end of met up with one of the staff at the

:46:49.:46:54.

project who spent hours watching our family grow up. What we are seeing

:46:54.:47:01.

is a selection of highlights to show you. They certainly developed into

:47:01.:47:06.

individual characters, firstly, we have the elder male, blue ringed.

:47:06.:47:12.

When it came to fledgling, he was more advanced. He was calm and did

:47:12.:47:18.

very sensible flights, was quick explore the area more. The next one

:47:18.:47:22.

down seemed a little more wet. Him and the little girl stayed in the

:47:22.:47:28.

nest, were afraid to go. The of the three birds, she is very keen

:47:28.:47:34.

on her food, it took her longer to fly. She got a reputation as a sit

:47:34.:47:41.

around and eat a lot of kind of girl. It seems this is the confident

:47:41.:47:47.

one. This is the anxious chick, a slow starter. And the

:47:47.:47:52.

laidback one to sit and watch they are brothers tested

:47:52.:47:56.

wings. All three chicks took to the air eventually, only after a lot of

:47:56.:48:02.

practice. They were constantly doing what I call helicopter flying, build

:48:02.:48:06.

up the flight muscles, which is concerningment you see them drifting

:48:06.:48:11.

up and going off the screen and back down. They are worried they

:48:11.:48:18.

make it. Then they finally go. Yes. Especially our baby girl. Being the

:48:18.:48:24.

heaviest, it took her more effort to off the nest. She helicoptered up,

:48:24.:48:28.

wasn't as controlled as the males and went over the edge. I think it

:48:28.:48:32.

panicked her more than anything. She flew and landed on the ash tree and

:48:32.:48:38.

sat there for half an hour before back to the nest. That is one of the

:48:38.:48:43.

risks, if they fall in the vegetation, I have known ospreys

:48:43.:48:47.

occupied the tree. A few days earlier, when we

:48:47.:48:51.

earlier, when we panned down, there was a fox under the nest. They would

:48:51.:49:00.

Once the young flenned, mum set off Once the young flenned, mum set off

:49:00.:49:03.

on her migration, leaving dad in charge. It was up to him to make

:49:03.:49:07.

sure his chicks were well fed, in the best possible condition for

:49:08.:49:14.

This is a wonderful viewpoint This is a wonderful viewpoint

:49:14.:49:19.

looking across the estuary. Yes. You can see dad is not having to go

:49:19.:49:25.

far, the main part, which is he is getting their supply of food.

:49:25.:49:29.

At this stage, even though they are fledged and not far away from a big

:49:29.:49:33.

journey, our youngsters are be catching any fish for themselves.

:49:33.:49:39.

They are reliant on a good supply of food from dad. This is a superb

:49:39.:49:45.

habitat, you can see why your chicks are so good. It's deal to have such

:49:45.:49:49.

easily accessible food is undoubtedly what led to all

:49:49.:49:53.

going on successfully. It is no different to having a supermarket on

:49:53.:49:58.

your doorstep. Our three chicks have had the best possible start to life

:49:58.:50:01.

here in Wales. They will need They

:50:01.:50:05.

They are about to undertake an extraordinary 3,000-mile journey all

:50:06.:50:12.

the way to west Africa. Our studies show only half of ospreys survive

:50:12.:50:18.

their first migration. In the next few days or next week, they will

:50:18.:50:25.

head over those hills? That will a happy and sad occasion when we see

:50:25.:50:30.

that. When we had the pair settle April, we never expected three eggs.

:50:30.:50:35.

We never expected three to hatch. We never expected three to fledge.

:50:35.:50:40.

Extremely pleased and proud. Qualitily, from will be that tinge

:50:40.:50:45.

of sadness. We know the statistics, we know what a hard journey they

:50:45.:50:48.

will have and have to prepare ourselves to let them go and

:50:48.:50:58.
:50:58.:51:01.

Such beautiful birds. Stunning. Such beautiful birds. Stunning.

:51:01.:51:04.

Powerful birds, every step of their lives is fraught with danger from

:51:04.:51:11.

now on. It has already. He said they will go down, fly south to Africa.

:51:12.:51:15.

Whereabouts? What is your journey. I have

:51:15.:51:23.

Map of journey, here is Scotland and Wales. We expect them to go across

:51:23.:51:28.

the channel, some of them go around the coast of France, some cut across

:51:28.:51:32.

the middle, many of them will nip across Spain to this area,

:51:32.:51:38.

across Spain to this area,gy bral tar, across the Bay of Biscay. They

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seem to work their way down the coast of Africa down here, Gambia,

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great river system for them forage in. We know this because 2,

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forage in. We know this because have been ringed in the UK, we only

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had 145 recoveries ever. We will learn so much more about these

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things now we have the satellites. Something strikes me, they have

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feed on the way, find fish. They don't fatten up, they feed. Every

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day. We know only half of them will survive. We are going to be able to

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follow every step of their journey. Very exciting.

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We think the weather is important to us, just think what it must be

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like for the osprey chicks flying thousands of kilometres. If there is

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a dramatic change, it is a matter of life of death, not just can we have

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a nice day out on Sunday. To find out what the weather holds for us

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and the wildlife who has to battle, let's go live to the BBC weather

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stenter. Is it going to stay autumnal or summer?

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Hello. I love your studio, it is better than mine. It is going to

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change a lot over the next few days, my advice is if you are heading

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this weekend, leave it until Sunday when it is warmer. This weekend sees

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a lot of cloud heading our way, a freshening breeze. As far as rain,

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Saturday is mainly in the west, Northern Ireland and western

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Scotland. Eastern areas, dry but not much sunshine and really cold.

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We have this chunk of cold air in We have this chunk of cold air in

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the east on Saturday. There is warmer air in the west. That pushes

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eastwards overnight, into Sunday. you are badger watching, you

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notice the rise in temperature. You will notice a stronger wind

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Sunday. We have rain to come towards the northwest, most other areas will

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be dry. We will be warmer, noticeably so in the southeast,

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sunshine and temperatures hitting 20 or 21C. Of course, it is no

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heatwave. It seems if you want to see an adder

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go on Sunday. They will keep their heads down on the Saturday. When it

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comes to wildlife and weather, one thing we are interested in is what

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thing we are interested in is what the winds are doing. Can you tell us

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about that? It is about the wind direction. Let

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me take you back to last weekend. We had this southerly wind bringing the

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record temperatures from North Africa, I understand it brought

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insects, some of which we wouldn't find on our shores. The last few

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days has seen the wind direction switching, much colder. The wind has

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been particularly strong, so much so the conquer championships had to be

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cancelled. This weekends see sees a westerly wind, it won't be strong on

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Saturday but a stronger wind if you are heading out during the course of

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Sunday. What impact that has on the wildlife and bird, you can tell

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Chris. Thanks for accurate information. I

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tell you what happens in terms of wildlife. Darren mentioned the

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warmer weather at the the week. We had these crimson

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footmen from Africa, the moths. A few of those appeared as is becoming

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typical, we also had glossy ibis coming from southern Europe, some

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have appeared in the UK. The infamous - I will leave it down

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there, the infamous magnetic map has failed. With an unsticky ibis.

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Hoping for more traction, from up north, the winds will be blowing

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birds from Iceland. We can expect Hooper swans into the northwest.

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Along with grey legged gOes and pink footed geese, staying in this area,

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a few might push south. Next week, I promise you no slippage.

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I am getting over the fact that the I am getting over the fact that the

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conker championships were cancelled. They look fantastic. Help

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yourselves. Will this gum my together? I cannot get through that.

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I thought Roman and now I have a toffee apple. Doubling as a mallet.

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Your recipes are on the website. This is on at the website.

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I am try that later on. Cheers. I am try that later on. Cheers.

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I hand you that? I don't know to do with it? We are coming

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the end of the programme. I would like to show the photographs we have

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had sent in to our Flickr site. at this super photograph of a red

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squirrel, taken by Highland Andy. We had this red deer stag.

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That is a Roman take photo. I love That is a Roman take photo. I love

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Tell us about this one. This is Tell us about this one. This is

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That is a something I did earlier, a few days

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ago. This is what my six-year-old and I did with these leaves. It is a

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butterfly. If you fan at this yourself as a Michaela Strachan,

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take your photographs of badly crafted butter nice. We would

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to see them. You have upset a six-year-old now. We are coming to

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the ends of the show, we will be back next week. We will be back for

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back next week. We will be back Autumnwatch Unsprung. And where are

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we going? We are spending to Spurn Point. It is a wild and wind swept

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place but fantastic for migrating birds. We are hoping to find plenty

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down there. Amazing looking spot. will be a tempting to go underground

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with the badgers. Will they turn up? Will our cameras work? I am hopeful

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this year, I think they will. We have extraordinary views of one of

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the most exciting migrants, salmon, with Charlie Hamilton-James. Stay

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Autumnwatch returns for an eight week celebration of UK wildlife.

New presenter Michaela Strachan joins Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games, broadcasting live from the National Arboretum at Westonbirt. They'll be sharing their adventures from the previous few days.

This week, their journey takes them to the spectacular Wye Valley, on the trail of wild boar, swarming bats, and autumn's wild harvest. Meanwhile, guest presenter and naturalist Roy Dennis is following the perilous migration of the Springwatch osprey chicks as they leave our shores and head for Africa.