Winterwatch returns to its year-round home in the heart of the Cotswolds – the National Trust’s Sherborne Park Estate – to see how the animals there have fared since autumn, and bring a week of the very best of winter from up and down the country.
Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan host from Sherborne, whilst Martin Hughes-Games continues to go deeper into some of the hidden stories around the estate. Gillian Burke is on Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, tracking down a family of otters who live around one of the island’s famous whisky distilleries.
Gillian Burke brings the latest from Islay, explaining why this island’s geography makes it particularly good for wildlife in the winter, especially the huge flocks of wintering geese. Martin Hughes-Games is exploring another hidden aspect of the Gloucestershire countryside, while Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham update us on the local wildlife from Sherborne.
Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan share the news from the wildlife cameras over the past 24 hours. Martin Hughes-Games has updates on what has been going on in the bat roost since we left it in Autumnwatch – with the cameras and audio equipment catching some fascinating behaviour, including mating. On Islay, Gillian has decamped form the north to the south of the island, hoping to catch up with golden eagles that are the top predators on this peninsula.
Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games all come together to wrap up the series, with live action and reports from our cameras. Gillian Burke also has her last report from Islay, concluding a week full of goose spectacle, otter cuteness and golden eagle majesty.