Viewers can experience the amazing array of wildlife at Snettisham’s Wild Ken Hill from the comfort of their homes over the next two weeks, as the BBC’s Winterwatch programme is broadcast live from the site.
The latest series started on Tuesday and sees presenters Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham broadcasting live from the 4,000 acre estate.
This is the third season to be broadcast from Wild Ken Hill, from where the presenters will explore a host of wildlife from Norfolk and beyond.
They’ll be comparing the UK’s mustelid populations, looking at stoats, weasels, pine martens and a group of polecats found just down the coast from them in Norfolk. They’ll also be looking at the story of Arctic Char in Ennerdale and how this amazing ice-age fish, on the brink of extinction in 2005, is now thriving thanks to local conservation efforts.
Chris will be visiting a long-eared owl roost to see for himself the UK’s rarest owl species. Michaela will be exploring the wildlife that survives inside our trees in winter and together they will be discussing what we should be feeding our garden birds throughout winter and beyond.
A live daytime camera has been set up on the grazing marsh to witness the array of wading birds that feed there: widgeon, teal, curlew, oystercatchers and pink footed geese.
There will also be cameras in the beaver enclosure and on the river to capture otters, goshawks and herons, and an array of winter experiments to see what can be understood about the feeding habits of Yellowhammers, Linnets and Reed Buntings.
The series also features a new Winter Watchlist of species viewers can look out for.