Winterwatch returns to Argyll

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Eagles feasting and fighting on Mull and pine martens making regular night visits to a garden in Oban are just some of the gems coming up on Winterwatch 2022.

The wildlife discovery show is back on BBC Two from Tuesday January 18 for two weeks.

Presenter Iolo Williams will be on his home from home on Mull where he first visited more than 30 years ago and is still fascinated by its wildlife. Oban photographer Robert Cruickshanks has also got a slot sharing the mental health benefits of nature watching.

A stunning sunset shot of an eagle taken in the Sound of Mull by Amanda Fergusson on a Lochaline Dive Boat

Viewers will see Iolo taking a privileged peek inside a recently abandoned White Tailed Eagle’s  nest – to find out how it is built and to gain an insight into their varied diet from the scraps they leave behind. He will also be looking at Ptarmigan, otters, hares and short-eared owls.

The live show will also have cameras trained on a deer carcass to see the
array of wildlife that comes to it in the winter months when food can be hard to come
by.

Other winter stories will be presented by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan, live for their third season from Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk while zoologist and
conservationist Megan McCubbin will be presenting from  Castle Espie in Northern
Ireland.

The series will also feature mindful moments filmed by the country’s top wildlife camera operators as well as some pre-filmed tales showcasing people passionate about  caring for wildlife.

One of those people is Robert Cruickshanks who regularly has pine martens visit his garden.

As a photographer, he has created the perfect set to get a unique glimpse into these usually very shy animals’ nocturnal habits. During nights of watching and taking
photographs, he has built up their trust and follows their every move on CCTV.

This season  there are lots of digital extras to enjoy on top of the TV shows. You can tune in on BBC YouTube, iPlayer or at www.bbc.co.uk/winterwatch to see more and the  best of viewers’ footage and photos will also go on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Caption: Robert Cruickshanks with his Ootmahoosewindae 2020 calendar in aid of a mental health charity and featuring some of his best wildlife shots
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