This year, in a one-off special event, Autumnwatch is to broadcast live from the heart of one of the greatest autumnal spectacles on earth – the American Fall.

Autumnwatch New England is a co-production with PBS, and will come from the heart of New England, Squam Lake in New Hampshire.

Presented by Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke, this special series will track a seasonal spectacle that is so big it can be seen from space. Over two months the forests of New England shed their summer green and change to a mix of red, orange and gold – painting the landscape in autumnal hues.

Beneath the colourful canopy, Autumnwatch New England will follow the usual Autumnwatch format that audiences love, bugging the forest, lakes, ponds and clearings with remote cameras to unearth the secret lives of the animals that call this place home.

Some species will be familiar; foxes, squirrels and deer, whereas others are will be more surprising to the UK viewers; moose, flying squirrels and black bears.

Pre-packaged films will look at the season across this whole area – from the colder northern reaches of Maine, to the coastal habitats of Cape Cod, the mountains of Vermont to the bogs of Massachusetts and rivers of Connecticut.

They will cover huge hawk migrations and swarming swallows, look into the science and history of this magical season, and feature aggressive turkeys, secretive bobcats and massive moose.

The team will also explore the culture and traditions of ‘the Fall’ – from pumpkin harvests, Native American traditions and maple syrup production.

Autumnwatch New England will be an autumn like no other.

Starts Monday 15th October at 8pm (BST) on BBC Two.

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