BBC Winterwatch 2022: Start date, presenters and locations for this year's series

BBC Winterwatch celebrates the long-awaited return to our screens next week with a host of wildlife from three UK countries.

The popular BBC Two nature programme, which follows the changes in our wildlife through the seasons, is back, once again showcasing the best of wildlife and the areas of the landscape they call home.

Reporting from England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, the Winterwatch team will be culling some of the best wildlife footage for viewers.

This series will be a first for Winterwatch, with a total of three live wildlife hubs being set up to stream live footage across the show’s digital platforms – from spotting herons to (hopefully!) eagles on the Isle of Mull to waders the marshlands in Norfolk.

Also returned is the Winter Watchlist featuring a brand new list of species for viewers to look out for on their winter nature walks.

Here’s everything you need to know about BBC’s Winterwatch 2022:

When does Winterwatch 2022 start?

Winterwatch’s new series returns to BBC Two on Tuesday 18 January from 8pm and runs every weekday evening for two weeks.

Who presents Winterwatch 2022?

Returning to this year’s Winterwatch presentation will be:

  • zoologist and conservationist – Megan McCubbin

Megan McCubbin

“Winter is the most magical time of year,” Megan said, “when the frost sets in and wildlife makes the most of every opportunity.

“I can’t wait to see how the landscape and species at WWF Castle Espie have adapted to make the most of this beautiful time of year. It promises to be a series full of surprises!”

  • TV presenter – Michaela Strachan

Michaela Strachan in an orange coat and cap surrounded by frosted trees
  • Welsh nature observer and presenter – Iolo Williams

Iolo Williams in a gray and mustard jacket surrounded by frosted trees

Speaking on his return for Winterwatch 2022, Iolo said, “Having missed Autumnwatch due to a scheduling conflict, I’m really excited to be back with the team.

“I am particularly excited to be returning to my favorite Scottish island, the stunning Isle of Mull, with its striking scenery and amazing wildlife. What I look forward to the most is quite simple. Eagles, eagles and more eagles!”

Why isn’t presenter Gillian Burke at Winterwatch 2022?

The BBC has announced that Gillian Burke will unfortunately not be part of the live presenting team for this series due to personal commitments.

However, she has pre-taped some films in the Cotswolds and South West that will be shown and she will return to present them live for Springwatch 2022.

Where are the locations for this year’s Winterwatch?

Norfolk, UK: Presenters Chris and Michaela return to Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk for the third time.

Chris will visit a long-eared owl roost to see the UK’s rarest owl species while Michaela will explore the wildlife that survives in our trees during the winter.

You will compare the UK marten populations and look at stoats, weasels, pine martens and a group of polecats found just off the Norfolk coast.

Also on the agenda is the Ennerdale Ice Age fish char, which was once critically endangered in 2005 but is now thriving thanks to local conservation efforts.

Isle of Mull, Scotland: Meanwhile, Iolo returns to a country he first visited more than 30 years ago – the Isle of Mull – to spot ptarmigans, otters, rabbits and short-eared owls.

Iolo will also take a look inside a recently abandoned white-tailed eagle nest – to see how it’s constructed and to gain insight into their diet.

Castle Espie, Northern Ireland: In Northern Ireland, Megan is at WWT Castle Espie and will be looking at European eels that can be found locally. She will also deal with new research results relating to hedgehogs and barn owls.

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