Jimmy Doherty and his team return for autumn, and with the changing seasons they’re flat out. The farm takes delivery of 6000 turkeys and gets ready for the births of two dozen piglets. It’s love-match time for the rare breed ewes, whose lambs will arrive next spring. The team prepare for the arrival of some new – and unpredictable – animals which could prove a handful for Jimmy and the rangers, and wildlife in the woodland starts to harvest the summer’s bounty to get ready for winter. In this first episode, cameras follow Jimmy and his team as the seasons start to change and they prepare the farm and wildlife park for autumn. Life might be unpredictable right now, but the seasons roll on regardless. Autumn at the farm means the first piglets are due – but with sows having up to 10 babies at a time, it’s vital to look out for the smallest and most vulnerable. Dealing with lots of piglets is expected, but Jimmy and the team have noticed that the female tapir has been putting on weight. A tapir pregnancy would be unexpected, not least since she’s supposed to be on contraception. And Steve McQueen, the escaping meerkat, is finally contained – or is he just trying another method to get out and explore?
Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm – Wednesday 8pm on Channel 4